Audience Reactions to Eddie Carbon in A View from the Bridge

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Audience Reactions to Eddie Carbon in A View from the Bridge

Arthur Miller wrote a book called ‘A view from the Bridge’. He was

born In New-York 1945. Miller twice won the Drama Critics award and in

1949 he was awarded the Pulitzer prizes. When Arthur Miller lived in

New-York he the wrote ‘A view from the Bridge’, he was inspired to

write this book is when he saw how the relatives of illegal immigrants

treated them. He probably saw some illegal immigrant getting treated

badly by his relatives and were reported to the immigration Bureau and

sent back to his country.

Another important factor which inspired Miller to write the book is

that he used to work in the ship-yard with many Italian and he heard

from them about how desperate they are to get money but their

un-merciless relatives sent them back to their country by reporting to

the immigration bureau, they do that for minor reasons such as, for

example if someone slaps a child they were reported to the immigration


My aim in this essay is to analyse the ways in which I think an

audience might respond to Eddie at three key points in ‘A View from

the Bridge’.

In the first part of this play, Eddie is having a conversation with

Catherine and says ‘‘I think its too short, aint it?’’ Eddie says that

to Catherine because Eddie thinks that her short skirt attracts the

attention of the men in the neighbourhood. Eddies to Catherine,

‘‘Catherine, I don’t want to be a pest, but I’m telling you youre

walkin away’’

While all this is going on Beatrice joins in the conversation between

Catherine and Eddie and says that ‘she is old enough’ and then Eddie

changed the topic.

The next topic Eddie chooses to talk about is about Beatrice’s cousins

who are arriving to America from Italy at 10pm. Eddie to Catherine

‘Her cousins landed’.

The first impression the audience might have on Eddie can be two very

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