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Who or what is responsible for Eddie'sdeath?

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Who or what is responsible for Eddie's death? A View from the Bridge is a modern tragedy set in 1950's Brooklyn in which Arthur Miller described it as being "the slum that faces the bay on the seaward side of Brooklyn Bridge...the gullet of New York". It's about a man's obsession with his niece, and what that obsession ultimately brings about. A play infested with hatred. Lies and murder. Arthur Miller, the author of this play, being one of many vulnerable immigrants, was born on October 1915, in New York City. His parents were both immigrants to the USA. Miller's family lived in prosperity due to the success of his father's clothing manufacturing business. However as the clothing manufacturing collapse, the family became bankrupt, with the American Economy as a whole following the Wall Street crash. Following the Wall Street crash, Miller worked as a longshoreman in New York's Brooklyn harbour. He experienced "a dangerous and mysterious world at the water's edge that drama and literature had never touched" and discovered the "waterfronts was the Wild West, a desert beyond the law." The bay were populated and worked by people who were immigrants. They were poorly paid exploited by their bosses. Miller's family fled to the USA in hope for work, wealth and security that their home country could not guarantee. ...read more.


At one stage in the play, as he raises a chair like a weapon, a symbolic message to warn Eddie, he is able to express an idea which he would not wish to put into words as it would seem to show ingratitude to his enemy. Following the traditional law of the community Marco pays no respect toward Eddie as he received none. The fact that Marco stabbed Eddie at the end of the play suggests his guiltiness. Furthermore, in challenging Eddie's temper and accusing Eddie of being an "animal" and the person who "stole the food from" his "children", Eddie feels humiliated and abashed as the remarks was shout out to the whole community. Unable to react in formal manor, Eddie is forced to fight. In doing so he gets himself into even more trouble and therefore it is his own fault in collapsing his family and ending his own life. Secretly Eddie has sexual feeling for his niece Catherine for a long time. By frequently mentioning "I don't see you no more, I come home you're running around someplace" and by questioning Catherine "You like him, Katie?" clearly suggests Eddie's obsession towards Catherine. As Catherine falls in love with the "glamorous" Rodolfo, Eddie focuses his anger and frustration upon Rodolfo and his brother Marco. Eddie tries to discredit his rival; he tries to make fun of Rodolfo. ...read more.


They never knew Eddie would take this so serious and put his own life on the line to prove them wrong. In contrast to Rodolfo's awareness and "affectionate", Eddie is unable to express himself to other people. He is unable to articulate his points such as "I can't, I can't talk about it." By not being able get his point across to his family Eddie ends up insulting them. I believe the evidences above is affective the ruin of Eddie's life and family. I think that Eddie was responsible for his own death. His desire and lasciviousness for Catherine and his hatred toward the brother caused him to define his "bloody death". Eddie is responsible for his own death because he ultimately is fighting against himself with his desires for his niece. Although this performance was very predictable from the start based on the fact that the introduction of the play was delivered in a form of a chorus, displaying the fate of the play and its characters, I think that the play was very enjoyable in interesting. Personally, I think the main problem in the play is Eddie's jealousy, and his problem with constantly thinking he is being betrayed. He thinks Catherine is betraying him by marrying someone he doesn't approve of, and he feels Beatrice is betraying him, by letting her go through with it. I thoroughly enjoyed watching and reading the play, "A View from the Bridge". It brought a different culture across that I had never experienced before. Jerry Hung Manh Nguyen English Coursework ...read more.

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