In this essay I will discuss how the view’s of Eddie Carbone, the
lead role in “A View From The Bridge”, changes among the audience. I
plan to go through the script and note any important scenes which I
will then analyse in the audience’s perspective. A View From The
Bridge is a play written by Arthur Miller in 1955, which was
originally arranged in rhymes but later was changed. Miller has
written the play in conversational Brooklynese, for example, “nuttin’”
and the spelling of many words end with apostrophes. In "A View from
the Bridge", Miller describes a situation in which a man is forced by
his emotions to betray himself and his local society, to betray
something he had believed in his whole life. The man in question is
Eddie Carbone, a poor and hard-working longshoreman of Sicilian
origin. His character is defined both by his society's values and by
his forceful and emotive nature. The conflicts between these two
aspects of Eddie's character ultimately result in his
In the 1950s, Europe was not doing well economically and was dominated
by poverty. America is known as rich, wealthy and merchandised land.
Because of this, many people migrated to America, and dreamt that
there would be a better life for them, where excitement, enthusiasm,
and adorability would welcome them in open arms. Jobs were thought
easy to get and highly paid. This is ironic as the Statue of Liberty
stands over them, which promised wealth, happiness and the American
dream, but failed to deliver. In America, where there is more money,
there are also more problems.
In this play, one later then sees how the a “Greek Tragedy” develops,
in which a central character is led by fate towards a destiny that
cannot be escaped, in this case, it is Eddie.
Eddie lives in a Brooklyn slum with his wife, Beatrice, and his niece,
Catherine, who he has brought up as his daughter since the death of
his sister-in-law. Eddie has an unacknowledged and obsessive love for
Catherine who is now an attractive young woman. This hidden love is
the "driving force" behind Eddie throughout the play; mixed with
jealousy, it is the cause of his actions leading him to his loss of
control. Eddie's wife invites two Sicilian cousins, illegal
immigrants, to stay at their home - a fact that must remain hidden
from the immigration authorities. The elder cousin, Marco, is a strong
man and is married and Eddie also initially gets along very well with
him. The younger cousin, Marco's brother Rodolfo, is fair-haired,
handsome and single. In Eddie's opinion, Rodolfo is effeminate.
Catherine falls in love with Rodolfo and plans to marry him, a
situation that eventually causes Eddie through despair and jealousy to
denounce both brothers to the Immigration authorities. This "crime"
which Eddie commits cannot be forgiven in his community and the
consequence is inevitably Eddie's loneliness and eventually his death
at the hands of Marco.