Views From The Bridge Essay

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Time is just time, but to live is to live During the period of the 1955's Arthur Miller wrote A View from the Bridge, and then in before this during the time of the Greek Gods Sophocles wrote the play Oedipus the King. Both of these were plays had many situations and similarities that happened to the main characters. Even though these stories took place in different times both could relate to the characters problems or similarities. No matter what time it is in society everyone is faced with some kind of problem that has occurred in these plays .The problems or similarities consisted of learning to overcome something about themselves, metaphorical blindness, and the themes of the plays. These are the three main similarities faced in both plays. In the play A View from the Bridge, Eddie the main character, dealt with being metaphorical blind throughout the play. To be metaphorically blinded is someone who is blinded by something or someone around them that are happening. The person who Eddie was being blinded by was Catherine his niece. The fact that he was blinded by his love for her. This love that he had never existed on the outside, but only deep down did he realize it existed. Eddy's wife Beatrice, a kind and loving wife saw what was happening because she was on the outside. Being unaware of what was happening around him he felt drew him farther from his wife. This lead to many problems and confrontations that did not end with a happy ending. When Eddie finally figured out his exact feelings for himself, but his life was suddenly ended. This is ending is ironic in that in the play Oedipus The King. In this play Oedipus, the main character, had to deal with being metaphorically blind himself because he was blinded by the truth of his parents. Both Oedipus and Eddie had similar problems and occurrences. Oedipus found out the truth the hard way from a man named Tiresias, a blind prophet, he told him the truth about his family. Oedipus may have not died himself like Eddie, but he had to witness the death of Jocasta, the wife and mother, who killed herself. The death of her opened Oedipus' eyes, and he did not like what he saw. While his mother hanged there he said, "You shall not see me nor my shame not see my present crime"(Sophocles 73). After this was said he poked his eyes to make him physically blind now, and he was not metaphorically blinded anymore. Both Tiresias and Oedipus were foils of each other in a way that Tiresias was blind physically, but Oedipus was now blinded physically also. Oedipus and Eddie were both blocked by the truth. Everyone knows in the back of his or her head what is happening, but they just do not want to think it is true. The best thing to do is be able to let out their feelings to someone who will listen to them. The next problem faced by both characters was that they both learned something about themselves. In Eddies case he learned love is painful and it comes in many ways. He...

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