English Lit - "A View from the Bridge" - In depth analysis of Eddie

Another one of my studies :) There's quite a lot on this one, so I promise you, if you read this you are going to know everything there is to know about Eddie lol! Took me long enough so here it is, my study of Eddie!! Good luck in your exams guys!

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Eddie Carbone
Eddie's Character
Emotionally unstable
Obsessive over Catherine
Betrays his family, and community law
Compared to a rat
Hubris ­ blinded to what he has done
Tragic hero
A kind family man
Eddie Carbone over the entire play
Eddie is 40 years old, an American of Sicilian decent. He is described as "a husky, slightly overweight
He is an ordinary man, part of the local Italian community.
He is master of the house - both Beatrice and Catherine are obviously used to him laying down the
rules. He sees this as a 'manly' thing to do and he expects all men to do the same - which is why he
cannot accept Rodolfo's more gentle talents.
He is generous enough to offer a home to Beatrice's cousins, but at the same time slightly wary and
self-protective or selfish - he reminds Beatrice not to let them sleep in his bed. (Perhaps this
prepares us for the way he deals with his love for Catherine: is he selfish then too?)
He doesn't trust people easily. He tells Catherine, "the less you trust, the less you be sorry." (This
prepares us for his suspicion of Rodolfo.)
He is concerned about his honour and protecting his good name. He ends the tale of the informer
Vinny Bolzano, "a guy do a thing like that? How's he gonna show his face?"
He is very protective of Catherine, whom he has brought up as if she were his own daughter. He paid
for her typing lessons and had ambitions for her to rise to a different class. He is proud of her looks,
yet concerned that she will attract the attention of men and is concerned about her new job. He finds
it hard to admit that she has become a woman. "I guess I just never figured... that you would ever
grow up."
However, it soon becomes apparent that Eddie is in love with Catherine. He has not made love to his
wife for three months. He quickly becomes jealous of Rodolfo because of the immediate impression
Rodolfo makes on Catherine. The stage directions tell us, "He looks at [Catherine] like a lost boy"
when she tells him she loves Rodolfo. He is unable to admit this shameful emotion to himself and is
angry when Beatrice and Alfieri dare to mention it.
As his feelings for Catherine become more obsessive, he does everything he can to prevent Rodolfo
from marrying her. He tries to undermine Rodolfo. For example:

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He mocks Rodolfo's skills at cooking, singing and sewing, claims he is homosexual and tells Catherine
that he only wants her to gain US citizenship.
He tries to get the law involved and is amazed when Alfieri says that nothing can be done.
He tries violence: he 'teaches' Rodolfo to box as an excuse to hit him, then fights with Rodolfo when
he knows Rodolfo has slept with Catherine.…read more

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Pg. 27: `He looks at her like a lost boy' ­ He doesn't know how to deal with losing Catherine, and he
is vulnerable
Pg. 28: `He marries you he's got the right to become an American citizen' ­ Eddie is cruel and plants
this horrific image in Catherine's mind
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Hi Eddie!' ­ She's excited to see him, she respects him and treats him as a fatherly figure
`You like it?' She cares for his opinion
However, during the course of the first scene, Eddie changes the atmosphere by stating `I
think it's too short'
Moreover, Eddie is incredibly possessive: `you been givin' me the willies'
`She's the best' ­ Eddie is very proud of Catherine and thinks she is literally `the best'
Paragraph two ­ Sexual relationship towards the middle
`(She strikes a match…read more


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