A tragic hero is one that has a major flaw and for whom the audience usually feels pity, sympathy, empathy, and compassion and is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat. Arthurs Miller’s AVFTB is a pay which presents Eddie Carbone as a tragic hero. Eddie's tragic flaw is either denial or, to begin with, the feelings he had towards Catherine. The damage caused by a tragic hero's downfall usually hurts more than just him; his community and family often suffer, too. Once again Eddie's betrayal does both of these things. Another important aspect of a tragic hero is that his own actions are the cause of his demise. In the opening scene of the play, it shows Eddie with Beatrice and Catherine in the apartment. Their use of dialogue initially suggests to the audience that they get along well and that there is a happy family atmosphere. The scene gives the audience the impression that Eddie is a good man who seems perfectly happy with his life since he has a job that he likes and the love of his family. The audience also find out that Eddie is not related to Catherine which is an important fact. Even though Eddie is not Catherine's real father he is still over protective of her, which suggests he may feel a bit too strongly for her and it is this love which is in fact the tragic flaw that eventually leads to his end. The first hints of this love are given to the audience when they see Eddie's obsession with the way Catherine dresses, for example when she comes in wearing a new dress and he says: ‘ I think it's too short ‘‘He then goes on picking about the way she walks, by saying: ‘Katie, you are walkin' wavy! I don't like the looks they're givin' you in the candy store’. Also, in Act 1 he shows off his authority when Marco and Rodolpho arrive, Catherine come in the room and Eddie ‘rises with iron control’ and tells her ‘what’s the high heels for Garbo?’ and she tries to reason but because Eddie wants to show off his authority to his new guests he...
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