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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? The Play "A View From The Bridge" by Arthur Miller is set in the 1950s in Brooklyn, America in a small cramped apartment, focusing the audience's attention on to the tension in this household. It is a tragedy about an Italian American man called Eddie Carbone. It is a story of self destruction that Miller suggests is inevitable when a strong man like Eddie defies the standards of what his culture holds to be right and wrong. Eddie and his wife Beatrice have brought up Beatrice's niece Catherine. Catherine is now old enough to go out for work. Eddie is very protective over her and is reluctant to let her go out for work. When Beatrice's cousins Rodolpho and Marco arrive as illegal immigrants, Catherine falls in love with Rodolpho. Eddie becomes jealous as Catherine moves further away from him but never admits it. Throughout the play Eddie tries to destroy Rodolpho and as a final desperate measure he betrays him and his brother to the authorities. In his community this is unforgivable. Marco is so mad that he finally kills Eddie before he is deported. The play ends with everyone losing something. I found it very difficult to decide who I felt most sympathy for in the play because ultimately, everyone lost something. ...read more.

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Unfortunately, Eddie does not apprehend and betrays the brothers to the authorities as a final desperate measure. She tries to sort out everyone's problems but never causes others problems, regrettably she still loses her beloved husband. In the end, Eddie shows his love for Beatrice when he dies in her arms. His last words are to his wife, "my B.!" At least, Eddie realizes that he owes to his wife his love and concern. Catherine is a young, innocent woman who has been over protected and shielded from most of the outside world most of her life by Eddie. She is now growing up and seeks independence. When she meets Rodolpho, she has a dilemma; a choice between Eddie and Rodolpho. She loves both men, one as a father and one as a boyfriend. As they fight over her she feels more and more scared. In the end she rejects Eddie but is extremely upset when he dies and feels some responsibility for his death. She says, "Eddie I never meant to do nothing bad to you" as he dies. Rodolpho is a bubbly energetic man who is in love with Catherine and wishes to marry her. This sparks jealousy and violence from Eddie but he does not fight back. He simply goes with the flow, not wishing to fight with Eddie but trying to win his blessing for his and Catherine's marriage. ...read more.

Conclusion

Eddie betrays his own people therefore breaking the code of his own community; yet he tries to defend his own name which leads to the fight and his own death. However, Miller encourages the audience to feel sympathy for Eddie. After Eddie dies, Alfieri says, "I know how wrong he was, and his death useless," but, "something perversely pure calls me to his memory". He expresses his sympathy towards Eddie pointing out that, although Eddie was very wrong, he died for his name and he died for honor. Alfieri reminds the audience that Eddie was not in the right but he was true to himself - "not purely good, but himself purely". Due to this Alfieri respects him and "mourns" him but "with a certain alarm." Right till the end, Arthur Miller uses Alfieri to influence the audience to feel sympathy for Eddie. In the end however, I felt most sympathy towards Beatrice. Throughout the play she is neglected by all the other characters especially her husband. All the while watching Eddie and Rodolpho fighting over Catherine. She feels jealous but not angry and tries to persuade Eddie to let Catherine go. She wants Catherine to be happy and encourages Catherine to go away with Rodolpho. She is constantly trying to ease the tension and she tries to resolve arguments between all the characters because she wants to do what is best for everyone. Unfortunately, despite her efforts, she watches her family fall apart and the death of her beloved husband, who dies in her arms saying, "My B.!" Perhaps, Eddie finally realizes too late what he really has to lose. ...read more.

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