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In this essay I hope to prove that Eddie Carbone the principal male character in this play is to some extent responsible for his own death However I am also hoping to ascertain fate and destinys involvement with the time place and situation in which he died Factors which may have influenced Eddies opinions of certain circumstances will also be explored such as social and historical backgrounds communication between characters relationships fate and destiny tragedy and mirroring of Arthur Millers own life Eddie Carbone was brought up in early twentieth-century Red Hook a neighbourhood in Brooklyn Brooklyn is in New York one of the biggest cities in the United States and Red Hook is just one of the slum localities that it is made up of P12 This is the slum that faces the bay on the seaward side of Brooklyn Bridge- Alfieri Eddie grew up through the Second World War and the Great Depression He experienced the Wall Street Crash too where many thousands of people suffered starvation and poverty At the beginning of the play we find ourselves in a place where the American Dream no longer means very much All the land which was available to people hundreds of years ago has now all been bought and so people can no longer have their own houses on their own land The United States had become what most other countries are in the world It was fully inhabited and there was no free space People congregated in cities as there was work in factories and offices Agriculture and land ownership was no longer an option for most people- they didnt have the money Eddie Carbone is a good example of the average person he is a longshoreman a man who works on the docks It isnt a permanent job he gets work when its there If there is no work then he doesnt get any money that day All of
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