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What imagined world or reality does Eddie seek to uphold in 'A View from the Bridge'?

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´╗┐What imagined world or reality does Eddie seek to uphold? How does he see himself? How does this differ from the actual world of the play? Will Lane Eddie is a character whose quest in search of his ambitions and dreams ended up absorbing his life, and eventually killing him. The arrival of Marco and Rodolfo from Sicily acted as a catalyst because it destabilized Eddie?s control over Catherine as she went out more with Rodolfo and obeyed him less. Eddie became obsessed with of returning to a life where he had ultimate control over Catherine. This obsession is perhaps related to his pent up lust for Catherine that he cannot express because it would be a complete social taboo. Eddie yearns to achieve his dream even though it is unachievable because Catherine is maturing and realizing she does not need him anymore. ...read more.

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of a solution and when that fails, he sees the phone booth as his only option, and one that he felt compelled to take because of his absolute reluctance to compromise. The phone booth gradually glows in the scene where he calls the immigration office. This shows the triumph of Eddie?s desperation to achieve his imagine world over his conscious to do what is proper in society. As the play progresses Eddie becomes more and more manic in search of world that he seeks to uphold. This is not a conscious decision on his behalf but his inability to understand his emotions results in him becoming more fraustrated and in turn, out of control. Arthur miller makes Eddie take two visits to Alfieri throughout the play to show how Eddie?s desperation has progressed. In the first Eddie is anxious, yet composed and manages to string together a cohesive argument that makes the audience sympathize with him. ...read more.

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Catherine turns from the girl who (stage direction) ?Strikes a match and holds it to Eddie?s cigar? to the woman who calls him a ?Dirty rat?. This shows as Eddie become more processed by his vision of his family, people turned more and more against him. Arthur miller creates a disjunction between Eddie?s vision of reality and actual reality by making Eddie become more unstable and obsessed with his dream through his speech and actions. His obsession drives him to the point where he no longer cares other people?s opinions of him. This drives him to do things totally unacceptable in the community like the double kiss of Catherine and Rodolfo and calling the immigration bureau. All these actions are rooted from Eddie?s inability to compromise. As Alfieri says at both the beginning and ending of the play, ?Now we settle for half and I like it better. If Eddie had done such a thing, he would not end up dead, and he might have been closer to achieving his vision of his future. ...read more.

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