To What Extent Is Eddie Carbone a Tragic Hero

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Using Dramatic Tension to Portray Eddie Carbone as a Tragic Hero The probing psychological tragedy "A View from the Bridge" by Arthur Miller explores Greek tragedy in the fifties. The play is set in Red Hook, the gullet of New York. Eddie Carbone, the main character, represents tragedy when his hamartia brings him his own misfortune, and consequently ends the play dramatically in tragedy. (Hamartia being an error of judgment or fatal flaw). "Pack it up. Get your stuff and get outta here." Eddie only takes his own views into perspective and fails to give Rodolfo a chance. Eddie's error of judgment against Rodolfo is a developing crisis of wrong decisions. These wrong decisions land Eddie with failed relationships with those who are close to him. Dramatic tension escalates continuously in act two ending with Eddie's fatal flaw, his own death. Eddie's death is fatal because it affects his family who care about him and they suffer as a result. Eddie is described as a tragic hero as he is an ordinary person, as opposed to a modern hero, who is stereotyped as a strong character, able to save the world. Eddie suffers as his happiness turns to misery because of his mistakes prompted by his harmartia. Eddie's form of harmartia is hubris. (Too much pride which ends in tragedy). Eddie the 'tragic hero' is not evil so his misfortune is greater than he deserves. Another way to describe Eddie would be as an anti-hero: a man who has flawed in the face of fate. Other characters in the play include Eddie's wife Beatrice, a very caring woman, especially when it comes to their niece Catherine. Catherine is a young woman growing up fast and has been brought up as an orphan by her Uncle and Aunt. During the play we see the arrival of Beatrice's cousins Marco and Rodolfo. The cousins add tension to the play as they are illegal

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