Eddie Carbone in A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller
The play “A view from the bridge” is set in Red hook area of New York,
the play was written by a man called Arthur Miller he wrote this
particular play in 1950 at the age of 35. His parents were immigrants
in the United States of America, they had lived a wealthy life this
all went wrong along with the American economy. Arthur Miller worked
as a warehouse man, and in order to save his fees he went to Michigan
University in 1934, to study economics and history. He did a course in
playwriting and this became his ambition, he graduated from Michigan
University in 1938.
Eddie Carbone is the main character in the play, at the start of the
play he is a very popular hardworking man then towards the end of the
play he becomes a very angry distressed and jealous, and eventually
loses his life by getting stabbed by his own knife. Eddie is mainly
responsible for his own downfall because he didn’t want Catherine (his
niece) to get married to her lover, Rodolfo.
Rodolfo and Marco (his brother) are staying with the Carbones as
illegal immigrants. Eddie becomes angry because he believes that
Rodolfo is taking Catherine away from him this leads him to betray his
family by reporting them to the immigration bureau.
I think that “A view from the bridge” is a tragedy because of eddies
extreme downfall, he dies because of one mistake. Throughout the play
Eddie is jealous of Catherine because she is not his little girl
anymore she is turning into a woman.
Eddie is an Italian longshore man working on the New York docks. When
eddies wife’s cousins, Marco and Rodolfo seek refuge, as illegal
immigrants from Sicily, Eddie agrees to shelter them. Trouble begins
when his wife’s niece Catherine is attracted to the fun-loving and
charming younger brother, Rodolfo, Eddie’s jealousy ends in an
unforgivable crime against his family and the Sicilian community.
Eddie is the tragic figure in the play because he is jealous of
Catherine and at the end of the play he fights with Marco and ends up
getting stabbed by his own knife which was meant to kill Marco.
At the start of the play Eddie is a very generous man everyone likes
him he also was a very hardworking man for example “believe me Eddie
you got a lot of credit comin to you” and “all I’m worried about is
you got such a heart that ill end up on the floor with you and they’ll
be in our bed”. He is respected by his family and all the people in
Eddie’s main flaw is his obsession for his niece. He tries to keep
Catherine to himself because he loves her so much and because of that
he is prepared to do anything to stop anyone from taking her away from
him, but when she meets Rodolfo she falls in love with him. Rodolfo
then tries to take Catherine away from Eddie and...