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What is the significance of Eddie in A View from the Bridge?

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked ´╗┐What is the significance of Eddie in A View from the Bridge? Eddie is portrayed by Miller in the play as somewhat of a tragic character, and the end of play revolves around Eddie?s catharsis, and the revelation of his fatal flaw, that he always desires total control. He is portrayed as a stereotypical figure of masculinity, who cannot cope with other forms of masculinity, such as the of Rodolpho, and he is also seen to be a perpetrator of McCarthyism, who accuses other people for not complying to his views. Initially, Miller portrays Eddie as an avid perpetrator of McCarthyism, and Miller uses Eddie as a symbol of the negative impacts of McCarthyism. For example, Eddie?s main reasoning to persuade Alfieri to deal with Rodolpho is that Rodolpho ?ain?t right?. This phrasing suggests that Eddie has no real evidence to back up his presumptions about Rodolpho, and is simply accusing Rodolpho due to him being what Eddie would possibly perceive as ?homosexual?, due to his ?singing, cooking and making dresses?. ...read more.

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Furthermore, the fact that Eddie is seen to have his own ?rocker? and ?cigar?, which Catherine willingly lights for him further strengthens Eddie as a ?leader of the household?, and he is essentially the breadwinner of the family, and duly, he is treated with respect by his wife and family, and so, fulfils the role of a 1950s American. However, Rodolpho goes against all of Eddie?s thoughts about manliness, and because of Rodolpho?s effeminate behaviour, such as ?helping set out the coffee things?, Eddie instantly takes a disliking to him, branding him as a ?punk? who ?ain?t right?. However, the fact of the matter is that Rodolpho, although possibly perceived as a homosexual by Eddie, or even the audience, is in fact the most romantically successful character in the play, and through this, it is possible that Miller is trying to portray that in a developing society, stereotypical manliness is no longer the sole desired trait in a man. ...read more.

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The fact that this desire for total control is what causes Eddie to call immigration, resulting in his downfall goes to show the negative consequences of his fatal flaw and it is evident that Eddie is unable to ?settle for half?, as he is not able to survive without total control, and the end of the play is brought about by Eddie?s catharsis, resulting in his death. Through this, Miller portrays the need to settle for half, in order society to ?like it better?, and progress. Overall, Eddie is used by Miller as the perfect example of the consequences of not being able to settle for half. He is not able to settle for half, to allow Catherine and Rodolpho to be in a relationship, or to accept that Marco is a more dominant male than him, or to accept that masculinity is changing, his downfall occurs only because of this. ...read more.

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