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A tragic Figure of a View from the Bridge

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A tragic Figure of a View from the Bridge
In his play A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller tells the story of Eddie Carbone, an illiterate longshoreman, who has an incestuous love for his niece, which drives him to his own tragedy. The story is set in 1950s America, in an Italian American neighborhood near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. The play has the ingredients of a traditional Greek tragedy, complete with Alfieri, a narrator that fulfills the same purpose as Sophocles's chorus from his plays about Oedipus and Antigone. Through the complicated relationships between the characters in A View from the Bridge, Eddie is a tragic figure of the play. Eddie and Catherine’s relationship changes from being like father and daughter to woman and man throughout the play. This change affects everybody around them and causes problems which ends tragically. Eddie and Catherine have developed a close family relationship. Eddie is Catherine’s Aunt Beatrice’s husband. She sees him as a loving father figure. Eddie's love for Catherine is incestuous. Beatrice notices the relationship and becomes very jealous of Catherine. She loves Eddie, but Eddie does not treat her as a lover and a wife. Eddie does not realize his feelings until Beatrice says, “You want somethin' else, Eddie, and you can never have her!” Perhaps he feels that because he has to take responsibility to support Catherine, he deserves a reward. The reward he wants (Catherine) is too big, and which if he got would be ridiculous. Eddie uses an emotional approach, which is sensitive to Catherine's emotions. Catherine shows her interests in Rodolpho's physical appearance. Rodolpho’s speech is lively and descriptive. Catherine seems to be attracted to his different style, which contrasts to Eddie's simple, normal style. Eddie is antagonistic towards Rodolpho and tries to protect her from her marriage with Rodolpho, and wants her to belong to him. Eddie unsuccessfully does his utmost to vilify Rodolpho. Catherine...