How the Structure of A View From The Bridge Helps us Understand the Tragedy of Eddie Carbone

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How the Structure of A View From The Bridge Helps us Understand the Tragedy of Eddie Carbone

Arthur Miller in recent years has become one of the world's most

important and influential playwrights. The plays he produces give a

deep understanding of how the characters think. Especially when they

find themselves in awkward or bad situations, such as, misplaced love.

The play, which this essay is going to investigate, is 'A View From

The Bridge'. This is one of many which Miller has written. However it

is very different. Miller had set himself a task, to write a Modern

Greek tragedy. Greek tragedies feature around a hero who has a fatal

flaw, which leads to his or her death.

Throughout 'A View From The Bridge' there are several elements that

resemble Greek drama. Eddie is the tragic, mad character who is

helpless in the face of his own terrible fate. Alfieri acts as the

chorus in the play. He provides commentary on the action of the drama.

Eddie Carbone is an epic character; he makes bold moves and does

things that are completely out of the ordinary.

It is evident from the beginning of 'A View From The Bridge' that it

will end in a tragedy.

Alfieri is a lawyer in his fifties who works for the Sicilian

community in Brooklyn. He opens the play with a concise but full

account of what life used to be like and is like in that particular

community. The audience knows from that speech everything about

Alfieri and about the community in Red Hook. He launches into graphic

detail about past gangsters and murders and about how justice is very

important to the Italians. The community is the 'Gullet of New York',

which is swallowing the to...

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...er meant to do nothing bad to you'.

Marco after a surge of anger finds Eddie and Eddie tries to stab

Marco, but Marco turns the knife and Eddie dies. Ad all the events

fell into place, Eddie's last words were 'My B'. This shows that he

was caring and he finally told Beatrice in two words how much she

meant to him, the Eddie way.

Eddie Carbone is killed by his own knife, suggesting that it was he

who was to blame for his own downfall.

'Alfieri who is the Narrator throughout the play leaves us at the end

of the play with a serious question, "Has justice been done, should we

settle for half?" Whether we like it or we don't, society always gets

involved in relations.

The structure of, 'A View From The Bridge' helped us to understand the

tragedy of Eddie Carbone, In that he was the cause of his own

downfall.

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