Eddie and Beatrice’s relationship slowly deteriorates as their sexual

Eddie Carbone is an ‘overweight
longshoremen’ but a hard-working loving family man. Eddie has a fatal flaw
which will end in tragedy, his jealousy and obsession towards Catherine becomes
overwhelming. Arthur Miller presents Eddies as a tragic hero who is destined
for failure in a modern style Greek tragedy. Miller’s play directions emphasise
this as the obsessive Eddie Carbone unravels his true identity.

 

Miller presents Eddie as a
man who has potential for greatness but also a fatal flaw, as the play progresses
his feelings for his un-biological Niece, Catherine spiral of control.  These feelings expressed throughout the play
only make the audience feel more tension. When Beatrice sees the feelings,
Eddie has developed for Catherine she says, “Eddie you can never have her.” His
love life with Beatrice worsens as a result of this. Eddie’s love for Catherine
is further developed as he takes an instant dislike to Rodolpho, as seen by him
having “concealed suspicion” implying that he takes a great interest in
Catherine and is developing and obsessive nature towards her. The ‘concealed’
emphasises that he must not give much away to Beatrice and he will always be
concealed as he is an immigrant and can’t be natural in his surroundings.

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Catherine takes an instant attraction to Rodolpho for his good looks and blonde
hair. Miller portrays Eddie as jealous then he tries to imply that he is Gay,
but the more he tries to tear them apart the more inseparable Catherine and Rodolpho
become, and his refusal to live in a world he doesn’t like, leads to Eddies
fatal flaw.

 

Eddie and Beatrice’s
relationship slowly deteriorates as their sexual relationship suffers, but
Beatrice is loyal to Eddie all the way till death. Their relationship suffers
as Beatrice cries out to Eddie. Miller portrays Beatrice as the most loyal
character in the book. The audience also feels empathy and pity towards
Beatrice as she stands by Eddie as his Love for Catherine slowly unravels.

Beatrice asks, “when am I gonna be your wife again” emphasising a sexual relationship
which is failing. Beatrice lets Eddie know that Catherine “is no baby no more”,
implying that the protective Eddie needs to let go and accept the fact that she
is no longer under the permanent obsessive supervision of him. Beatrice and
Eddie may have a failing sexual relationship but Beatrice will remain devoted
and to only Eddie until the very end, Eddie’s last words “My B” emphasise that
their respect remains resolute throughout. His pride and his name are his main guidelines
until the fatal end. Miller emphasises the ending as important because Eddie
realises that Beatrice has always been looking out for him and that throughout
his lust towards Catherine; Beatrice stood by him until the end. Eddie
overlooked everything that mattered and should feel guilt for not devoting
himself to Beatrice.

 

Miller uses the arrival of Marco
and Rodolpho create a challenge for Eddie. Eddie is threatened as soon as Marco
and Rodolpho arrive. Miller uses Rodolpho as a provocative character who
presents a threat to Eddie. Eddie believes firmly in Masculinity and pride this
is shown as Eddie comments that he disapproves of rodolpho and “I’m ashamed.

Paper doll they call him. Blondie now.” A man doing anything remotely feminine
isn’t smooth sailing with Eddie. Rodolpho provokes Eddie as Eddie claims that
he only wants to marry her for a US citizenship.  Miller claims that Rodolpho wouldn’t live the
rest of his life with “a woman
I didn’t love just to be an American.” This implies a true love towards
Catherine and Eddie is therefore jealous and is fizzed up with anger. He speaks
very passionately this provokes Eddie. Eddie regards Rodolpho as very
“feminine” and un-masculine, Eddies morals are all to do with masculinity and
pride. Eddie doesn’t like the fact that Rodolpho is a talented cook and singer.

Eddie wants to look more masculine in front of Catherine and therefore ends up
“seizing up Rodolpho” implying he wants to wallop Rodolpho, impressing
Catherine and making rodolpho look weak and unable to protect Catherine and
making himself look like the dominant male. Miller uses the technique that the
audience feel sympathy for Rodolpho for being beaten up just for being in love
and feel irritation towards Eddie.

 

Miller uses stage directions
to create a greater understanding for Eddie. Eddie shows obsessive anger
throughout as “he has been unconsciously twisting the newspaper into a tight roll.”
This foreshadows and underlying temper which Miller only hinted towards and
gets worse as the play progresses. Eddie believes in basic principles of the
Italian code such as never betray your “brother” and never question the “man of
the house.” Eddie is the chief of the house and Catherine desires his approval
as when she buys new clothing, the stage directions have her nervously “running
her hands over her skirt” this emphasises the approval that she seeks off
Eddie. His opinion is the only one that matters and she fears Eddie, as his
anger is at tipping point. Miller uses Eddie to create an obsessive atmosphere
early in the play foreshadowing worse things to come.

 

In conclusion Miller creates
Eddie as a man who is destined for tragedy, A man who is Masculine, hard-working
and has oozing amounts of pride but he states, “he wants his respect”
emphasising the guilt and draining effect on his pride as he turned Marco and
rodolpho in; he starts to lose his self-respect and pride, refusing to back
down and leading to his fatal flaw. Miller at the beginning creates a character
who wears his heart on his sleeve. Eddie directs his anger at Marco and tries
to kill him. During the play Eddies personality changes a lot. He becomes a man
who betrays the community from the genuine Italian citizen he began as. His
downfall was because of the unwillingness to get nothing less than he wanted
such as: Catherine, overall his loss of directions and deteriorating pride led
to him being a Tragic Hero.