In this essay I will be investigating the fate and characteristics of

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In this essay I will be investigating the fate and characteristics of a tragic hero in a play A View From The Bridge written by Arthur Miller.
The character discussed in this essay is a longshoreman named Eddie Carbone.

In this essay I will be investigating the fate and characteristics of a tragic hero in a play "A View From The Bridge" written by Arthur
Miller. The character discussed in this essay is a longshoreman named
Eddie Carbone - a responsible family man living in the rough neighborhoods of Red hook, Brooklyn, New York. A Sicilian community bound by a strict social code. Eddie's credentials are compared against Aristotle's view of a tragic hero " one who is neither villainous or virtuous, moving from a high happy
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One of the elements of a tragic hero is that the person usually has a
"frailty". In Eddie's case it is his uncontrollable incestuous love for his niece, Catherine. His over protectiveness from other men is clearly demonstrated even at the start where Catherine asks permission to take her job, " she'll be with a lotta plumbers". Moreover when
Catherine announced she was taking up a job, Eddie was "strangely nervous" suggesting that Eddie does not want Catherine to leave the house because of his incestuous feelings for Catherine. Eddie shields the world from Catherine which results to Catherine being "like a baby" unexposed to love, men, and any adultery activities. " I don't like the looks the guys are giving you at the candy shop". Beatrice's observation "you are the one whose mad' illustrates the Eddie is playing more of role then a dutiful uncle.

Eddie is a victim of fate. Letting Catherine take her job was a difficult thing to do, he has managed to control some of his feelings, but what's more is that Beatrice's cousins arrive which includes a young man, Rodolfo who Catherine has taking the like of "you like sugar?" This means that the time Eddie will be spending with his secret love would be less. And this causes jealousy over Rodolfo which then leads to hatred. Eddie indicates this when he punches Rodolfo intentionally to release his anger

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