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Geiser 1Bastian GeiserOctober 9, 2016AP English LiteratureMr. ZeccolaA View from the BridgeEssayObsession is an affliction that causes human beings to take actions that exceed normal grounds. When one loves another it is important to restrain our growing love for that individual, so much so that if love turns into an obsession the relationship with that person is at risk and events are bound to end tragically. In Arthur Miller’s play, A View from the Bridge, obsession is consuming the heart of Eddie Carbone who does not control his growing love for his niece Catherine. In thistragedy, Miller uses repetition, foreshadowing, hamartia, metaphor, and PASTO to dramatize obsession and reveals that not relinquishing what does not belong to us produces dreadful outcomes that can lead us to our own destruction.Miller’s use of hamartia dramatizes obsession to explore Eddie’s character profoundly. Eddie’s persona is at first of a caring uncle who loves his niece Catherine. As his love begins to grow for his niece, he develops a passion that drives him to separate her from Rodolpho. Eddie’s hamartia is not his inappropriate love for Catherine but it is his psychology that does not allow him to realize his growing love for her is inapt. This helps the audience fully understand who Eddie is and why he commits certain actions. Eddie’s obsession is an intrapersonal conflict that he is not aware of, making it difficult for his righteous character to be victorious. This is also what makes his character unique to the dramatic events that take place throughout the tragedy. Miller’s use of the PASTO structurally models the outcome of the story early on and allows Eddie’s character and these unexpected events to determine his fate by narrowing down the
Geiser 2outcome of the story. Since there is no improvement in Eddie’s psychology it can be expected forevery event to take turn for the worse. The turning point of the story is when Eddie calls immigration and commits an atrocity he indicates he'd never perpetrate. This tells the audience