Eddie Carbone as a tragic hero

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How does Arthur Miller present Eddie Carbone as a ‘tragic hero’ in A View From The Bridge?

In A View From The Bridge, Miller effectively created a modern Greek tragedy, with Eddie Carbone,  as his tragic hero: the protagonist that contributes to their own downfall through a fault, or a weakness in their personality, despite starting of with the correct intentions.

        The audience is aware of Eddie Carbone’s unfortunate fate at the start of the play. His status as the main character in the play, and the fact that Miller aimed to create the play as a modern Greek tragedy tells us that Eddie’s fate in this case is in fact unavoidable. This idea is introduced to the audience straight way, in Alfieri’s opening monologue, when he says: “And this one’s name was Eddie Carbone” (4) the use of past tense suggesting that Eddie Carbone is no longer alive, foreshadowing the end of the play and his inevitable downfall and eventual death. Alfieri feels a sense of helplessness as he tells the story, as he “lost his strength somewhere” (48) which suggests that the play will end violently or dramatically, and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

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        Despite this, Eddie begins as a caring, simple ‘longshoreman’ who cares little for anything outside his work and family. We immediately see his good side as he offers his hospitality to those in need of it. He is already taking care of his niece, and allows Marco and Rodolpho into his home. He puts his family first, even when it does mean that he “ends up on the floor”(8). The fact that Eddie starts off as a good and generous man helps give him the ‘tragic hero’ image, and helps make his downfall more dramatic.

        Miller also presents Eddie ...

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