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Who Or What Is To Blame For The Tragic Ending In Arthur Miller's Play, 'A View From A Bridge'?

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Who Or What Is To Blame For The Tragic Ending In Arthur Miller's Play, 'A View From A Bridge'? 'A View From A Bridge' is set in the harsh Red Hook waterfront community, in 1940's New York. The main character, Eddie Carbone ends the play by dieing on his own knife as he fights to try and reclaim his good name. There are four main characters that help contribute to this demise. The protagonist, Eddie Carbone is mainly to blame by having to much love for his orphaned niece Catherine. This is added to by the adolescent Catherine who is not aware of her innocent girlish flirtation. Eddies wife Beatrice adds to this, by fully knowing about Eddie and Catherine's relationship, but still does nothing about it. Eddie gets jealous over Catherine when Beatrice's cousin Rodolfo arrives and immediately bonds with Catherine and forms a close relationship with her, which Eddie dislikes. Eddie finds himself having to many different feelings towards Catherine. He is to overprotective of her. At the start of the play when Catherine buys a new skirt , Eddie say 'I think it's to short, ain't it' which proves that he is watching her and analysing her look and the way she dresses. He also says 'Their heads are turnin' like windmills' which show that he thinks she is showing too much of herself to the public, which also triggers Eddies reactions to her. ...read more.

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Both Beatrice and Catherine react in opposition against Eddie. One example of this is when Catherine says ' Leave him finish, its beautiful!... ' which shows us that Catherine is capable of defying Eddie. Throughout the play Eddie Carbone is given advice mainly by two people and he ignores them both. Alfieri and Beatrice try to give him advice but he effectively throws it back in their faces. Towards the end of the play Eddie goes to see Alfieri who gives him advices and warns him about calling the immigration bureau ' You wont have a friend in the world ... put it out of your mind! Eddie! ' even this warning doesn't stop Eddie, he makes the call and sure enough later on in the play everybody who he classed as a friend left him. This warning that Alfieri give him has a big effect on the rest of the play. It gives us a deep feeling that something tragic is going to happen and happen soon. Eddies actions play a big part on what happens in the play. We can tell from his early actions that something is going to happen to Eddie. In the scene where Eddie uses the excuse of teaching Rodolfo to box, he is trying to teach him a lesson for what Eddie saw as flirting with Catherine. ...read more.

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To such an extent that Eddie was becoming more and more fond of her day by day. She doesn't realise she is doing anything wrong when she ' walks around in front of him in your slip ' and ' sits on the edge of the bathtub...when he's shavin'... ' Catherine thinks this is normal behaviour seeing as no one has ever told her any different until Beatrice sits her down and. In a way warns her to lay off Eddie, because ' if you act like a baby and he be treatin' you like a baby ' which proves that Beatrice has known what's been going on for a long while but yet she has never mentioned it to Catherine. Alfieri is also partly to blame for the tragedy at the end of the play. Because, Eddie comes to him on many occasion to ask for advice and Alfieri gives him advice that I think he can't understand. If Alfieri had given him some straightforward advice the first time Eddie had come to see him, maybe some of the events in the play might not have happened. I don't believe that we can simple accuse one person of causing to tragic ending to this play. Instead I think it is a case of assessing each of the factors mentioned and coming to the conclusion that there were many reasons and contributors to the ending of the play. ...read more.

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