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Who do you feel most Sympathy for at the end of "A View From The Bridge?" Who do you think Miller intended us to feel sympathy for?

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Henry Miller, 10GR Who do you feel most Sympathy for at the end of "A View From The Bridge?" Who do you think Miller intended us to feel sympathy for? Arthur Miller ends 'A View From The Bridge" so tragically with so many people at a loss, it is challenging to pick a single character for whom you feel the most sympathy. The story is set in 1956 in Brooklyn America, which by itself was a hard time for people living in the era. However, the opening of the play is brought across as a typical, everyday setting in Eddie Carbone's apartment. He and his niece, Catherine, are sitting in the living room/dining room where most of the play is set. When Eddie is commenting on his niece's dress, speech such as "Beautiful! Turn around, lemme see in the back. Oh, if your mother was alive to see you now! She wouldn't believe it" gives the reader a feeling of general everyday calmness, which suggests that nothing unpleasant in the near future is likely to occur. As the play unfolds however, we begin to view a rise in overall tension - especially between certain characters. As Eddie is brought across as the main character of the play, with so many problems, you can tell that the story is not going to end on easy terms for him. ...read more.


would have certainly affected him greatly - being the sensitive person that he is. Marco is Rudolpho's brother and Beatrice's cousin. Miller brings him across as a strong, silent man who has his heart in the right place. As soon as we are introduced to him, we can tell that he treats Eddie with a great deal of respect. One of the very first things he says to Eddie Page 3 is "I want to tell you now Eddie - when you say go, we will go." What's more, he is described as saying this with a certain formal stiffness, which shows that he feels that he needs to make a good impression to Eddie, and needs to converse with him in a polite manner. The kissing incident with Eddie and Rudolpho is a key scene in the play. We learn many things just from this one action. First, we are able to see Eddie's desperation, for he had let go of all dignity. His drunken state is initially alarming and we can tell that this is where he begins to lose control of himself. Also, we learn Rudolpho's true sexuality. The fact that he was so completely repulsed by the kiss shows us that he cannot possibly be a homosexual. Most members of an audience would think that because Marco killed Eddie, he deserves no sympathy. ...read more.


Beatrice treats Catherine with certain warmth throughout the play, and tries to teach her how to be independent and break free of Eddie's control. She accomplishes her task in the end, as you can tell that Catherine does seem to grow up - she definitely becomes more independent than she was at the beginning. There is an excellent example of this, when Catherine yells at Eddie during the end scene - "Who the hell do you think you are? You got no more right to tell nobody nothing!" This shows that she is not afraid to stand up to him anymore, and that she feels she has the right to put forth her own opinions. I think the fact the Beatrice is the last thing Eddie sees - and the fact that her name is the last thing that he says is very important. Up until that point, we were given no sign of how much Eddie cared about Beatrice. However, in these two lines, we learn that he really does love Page 5 her. You can tell that the two words "My B.!" were intended to greatly affect the audience - and make them feel a sense of great sorrow. In conclusion - Even though all the characters have reasons to be pitied, I feel the most sympathy for Beatrice, as she was caught in the middle and had so many losses and problems. What's more, none of the problems were her fault. ...read more.

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