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Explain How ‘A View From The Bridge’, By Arthur Miller, Follows The Convention Of Tragedy

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'A View From The Bridge' is based on Greek tragedies where a tragic hero has a fatal flaw and then dies. In these plays the tragic hero commits an offence, often unknowingly. He must then learn his fault, suffer and perhaps die. In this way, the gods are vindicated and the moral order of the universe restored. However, in the modern version of a Greek play, 'A View From The Bridge' has a tragic flaw in Eddie Carbone so he dies and order is restored. This play shows that Eddie Carbone is highly respected amongst his peers which leads to fate coming into the play and him swirling into a downward spiral leading to death.
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As the play is based on a Greek tragedy, Alfieri acts as the chorus in the play. A chorus is a character or a group of characters, that know what is going on and talks to the audience during various intervals throughout the course of the play. Alfieri provides the ‘commentary’ on the main aspects of the play, he also articulates the greater moral and social implications of the play. In this play Eddie Carbone is an epic character who makes bold moves and conducts activities which are extraordinary. As the chorus, Alfieri distinguishes Eddie as a legendary character and gives him epic proportions. A quote to prove this point is, “I looked into his eyes more than I listened – in fact, I hardly remember the conversation ….I will never forget how dark the room became when he looked at me; his eyes were like tunnels”.
In Eddie Carbone, Arthur Miller creates just such a representative type. He is a very decent man, a man no one could dislike. But, like the tragic hero or protagonist of the ancient drama, he has a flaw or weakness. This causes him to act wrongly. The consequences, social and psychological, of his wrong action destroy him. The chorus figure, Alfieri, then explains why it is better to ‘be civilised’ and ‘settle for half’, thus restoring the normal moral order of the universe.
At the beginning of the play, Eddie was regarded as being a good man. He had many positive qualities such as being charitable, loyal, hospitable and considerate. Gradually, his over-protectiveness and his ego got the better of him and cost him his life. Eddie’s role as a tragic hero begins in numerous ways. Fate plays a big part in this play because no matter how many people tried to prevent Eddie from going on the wrong path, it happened anyway, which adequately cost him his life. Everything happens for a reason, in this case, Eddie dies because of his passion of jealousy for Catherine.
During the course of this play, Eddie Carbone has completely evolved into a whole new character however; he’s the same person but has a different persona. Eddie’s tragic flaw is the bubble, the constructed world he exists within, but is unable to escape or recognise the fact that Eddie sees his own vision of the world from his perspective and no one else’s. My point being is that, Eddie only wants to see and respond to the things that he wants in his own ‘world’, i.e. Catherine without Rodolpho, so he does everything in his power from reality becoming real.
Eddie is a tragic hero based under the certain events which has led him into unleashing his over possessiveness and passion or jealousy towards Catherine. Previously, at the beginning of the play Eddie was such a wise and sensitive character and he generally had a good relationship with his wife Beatrice and more importantly, his niece Catherine. In my opinion, I think that Eddie’s jealousy began even before the cousins had arrived. This is my initial perception because I had read between the lines of...

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