Essay Sample on Eddie’s decision
So far we have seen that Eddie Carbone blinded by his commotion and ire is now beginning to articulate his resentment against Rodolfo by his deeds. After unconsciously tearing the newspaper in half, which he did under the spell of his ire against Rodolfo, Eddie can not resist showing his recalcitrance against Rodolfo and showing the household, that he is more sovereign than Rodolfo. He does it by inviting Rodolfo to fight with him, so that he can teach him a move or two. Eddie invites him to fight him so that he can masquerade his real intentions towards Rodolfo, especially from Beatrice and Catherine, who are beginning to get aware of Eddie’s real intentions of making Rodolfo seem subaltern.
Eddie – “Well, come on, I’ll teach you.” Beatrice – “What’s he got to learn that for?” Beatrice is still incredulous about Eddie’s decision to teach Rodolfo a move or two. She senses the truth, but is disinclined to challenge Eddie over this, as it will start a quarrel which will bring back the issue of Rodolfo’s and Catherine’s relationship. However, she remains in the room where Eddie is teaching Rodolfo how to do boxing, so that she can keep both of them under supervision, in case the situation spills over. Eddie – “You can’t tell, one of these days somebody’s liable to step on his foot or something else. Come on, Rodolfo, I will show you a couple a passes.”
Beatrice – “Go ahead, Rodolfo. He is a good boxer, he could teach you.” Beatrice motivates Rodolfo to join in, she takes Eddie’s corner to balance the situation and in particular to make a point to Eddie, that she is not totally against Eddie, as there are doubts in Eddie’s mind about Beatrice. Rodolfo is embarrassed to join as he does not know how to do any boxing. Rodolfo – “I do not want to hurt you Eddie.” Eddie – “Don’t pity me, come on throw it. I’ll show you how to block it.”
Beatrice – “He is very good.” Eddie – “Sure, he’s great! Come on, kid, put something behind it, you can’t hurt me.” Eddie sarcastically says that Rodolfo is good, just to propitiate the strain in the house hold. Eddie – “Now I am going to hit you, so watch out.” Catherine – “What are they doing?” Catherine with initial alarm asks Beatrice what is going on. She sensing Eddie’s nuisance against Rodolfo, but Beatrice tells her that they are lightly boxing against each other. Eddie – “That’s it! Now, watch out, here I come, Danish!”
Eddie punches Rodolfo on his face, which mildly staggers him. Marco rises from the floor. Eddie – “Why? I didn’t hurt him. Did I hurt you, kid?” Eddie tries to propitiate the situation by giving an elucidation that he was only teaching him and he did not even hurt him. This whole punching situation has a startling effect on the audience, who after Eddie’s perfunctorily tearing the newspaper, judged that Eddie may try to manifest his ire against Rodolfo by physical contact. This has now been inveterated.
The tension again increases in the Carbone household after Eddie punches Rodolfo. As soon as Eddie punches Rodolfo, Catherine, who was unconvinced about Eddie teaching Rodolfo boxing, comes bustling towards Eddie and in a loud voice instructs him to stop. Beatrice who has been taking Eddie’s side to stabilise the situation and motivated Rodolfo to join in, is also dismayed and in incredulity tells Eddie – “That’s enough.”
And for the first time Marco the who has been the silent personality right through the whole play is getting uncomfortable by Eddie’s approach to his brother. After Eddie punched Rodolfo, Marco get’s up from the floor, although Eddie stopped after just one punch Marco may have interfered and stopped the fight. Arthur Miller includes Marco’s standing up, at this point in the play to tell the audience that Marco may be the quiet character but he is just as significant in the play as the other characters. After Eddie’s punching Rodolfo and Marco’s near interference this gives audience clues although Marco is not over-prophylactic towards his younger brother Rodolfo, like Eddie is towards Catherine, but he should leave his Brother alone and he will interfere if Eddie crosses that line. This gives audience clues of the coming dissension between Eddie and Marco.
However, tensions rise again in Carbone household, but this time it is not procreated by Eddie and the subject is not Rodolfo, but this time it is Constituted by Marco. Marco who has been becoming progressively more solicitous about Rodolfo’s treatment, at the hands of Eddie o tries to show him that, he is not the absolute master of the family circle. Marco – “Can you lift this chair?” Eddie – “What do you mean?” Marco gets on one of his knee with one hand behind his Back, and grasps the bottom of one of the chair leg but does not raise it. Eddie – “Sure why not?” Eddie tries the same. He lifts the chair one inch, but it leans towards the floor. He tries again and again but fails.
He explains – “It’s on an angle, that’s why, heh?” Marco – “Here.” Marco kneels grasps and slowly raises the chair higher and higher. The chair is raised like a weapon over Eddie’s head. This scene is of inexpressible connotation to the play as this scene shows the power shift in the Carbone household. So far in the play Eddie has taken Marco as a quite character who does not want to interfere between him and Rodolfo, but by the chair scene Marco has sent a clear message to Eddie hat he is not something he can take lightly, and he should leave his brother Rodolfo alone, or else, the result of that won’t be very gratifying.
Arthur Miller chooses to end the scene with all the characters on the corner of the room, looking at Marco and Eddie at the centre of the room with Marco holding chair over Eddie’s head and Eddie captivating what might materialize like a frown of caution into a smile of conquest. This scene probably confirms audience suspicions of a contention between Eddie and Marco which we see later in the play becomes bloody.