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Who or what is to blame for Eddie Carbone's downfall in "A View from a Bridge" by Arthur Miller?

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Who or what is to blame for Eddie Carbone's downfall in "A View from a Bridge" by Arthur Miller? There are several factors which lead to Eddie's eventual decline. The main ones were things like the influence of the society, influence of the people around him and ultimately himself highlighting his unwillingness to negotiate and his excessively close relationship with Catherine. Nearly all the characters in the story were responsible for Eddie's eventual downfall. In page 39, Catherine says: "You wanna dance Rodolfo?" At this point Eddie freezes in obvious disapproval. Rodolfo senses that Eddie is unhappy about her dancing with him so Rodolfo replies: "No, I-I'm tired" in defense to Eddie. Beatrice makes things worse by saying: "Go ahead, dance, Rodolfo". Eddie particularly didn't like the fact the Catherine had put on high heels in the house, just to make a good impression on a young man (Rodolfo) before the dancing incident. Eddie says: "What's the high heels for Garbo?" Alfieri is also to blame for the death of Eddie. In page 58-59, Alfieri and Marco have a lengthy conversation. Alfieri tries to get Marco to promise that he wouldn't take matters in his own hands but Alfieri didn't succeed. ...read more.

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All he could think about was himself and he didn't look at how happy Catherine was with Rodolfo. All he cared about was trying to break them up and he tried to do this by phoning the Immigration Bureau but all this caused was Catherine and himself to grow apart and for Catherine to finally see what type of man he was. He was so interested in himself that he kept on demanding respect from Marco: "Wipin the neighbourhood with my name Marco, now gimme my name and we go together to the wedding" Eddie's was only interested about what the society thought of him. He became so interested in himself only that he didn't realize that his relationship with Beatrice is gradually evaporating. As I have mentioned before, all the characters were responsible for Eddie Carbone's death, starting with Catherine. Throughout the play, Catherine wasn't conscious about the overly close feelings that Eddie had for her causing her to say and do things that would aggravate Eddie unintentionally. When Rodolfo sang "Paper Doll", it left Catherine utterly thrilled. She says: "Leave him finish, it's beautiful! He's terrific! It's terrific, Rodolfo". Catherine praises Rodolfo as if meaning to get Eddie jealous and envious. ...read more.

Conclusion

You can see that he believes this by the way he talks to Catherine. Catherine is talking to him about her job as a stenographer and he says ''why didn't you ask me before you took a job ?'' This shows that he wants Catherine to ask for his permission before accepting the job. He wants her to ask for permission so he feels like he is the boss and because he wasn't consulted first he feels threatened. This is one thing that leads to his downfall because he was trying to be so manly he could not show any emotions, so he kept everything inside and bottled it up. Ultimately, Eddie himself was the most important factor in his decline. Jealousy motivates Eddie to doing outrageous and terrible things because he was jealous of Rodolfo and Catherine's relationship. For instance, when he kisses Catherine and Rodolfo "he kisses her on the mouth" and "and suddenly kisses him". I think he does this because he is jealous of what they have together. Because of this Eddie thinks that Rodolfo is gay. Eddie thinks if he kisses Rodolfo, Catherine might realize that he is gay. Eddie is jealous because he knows he can not have her so he tries to make sure no one else can but he does not succeed, he just drives her away from him. ...read more.

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