How does the audience's view of Eddie Carbone change from the beginning to the end of A View from the Bridge?

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Eddie Carbone changes as the play progresses. At first, the audience views Eddie as a hardworking man who has struggled to take care of his family. We learn that he took in his niece and raised her, an act which makes us appreciate him as a generous and moral man. He seems to be willing to do anything for family; for instance, he reminds Beatrice, his wife, that he slept on the floor when her father came to stay because his house had burned down. He seems to banter with Beatrice at the beginning of the play, which begins to endear him to us. He comments on her hair and says he wants to talk to her; we consider the possibility that he is a caring and loving man.

However, once his niece Catherine enters the room, he shows his possessive side, telling her to stop wearing high heels when she's walking in the streets:

Listen, you've been givin' me the willies the way you walk down the street.

Eddie's comment makes us a little uncomfortable, but at this early point in the play, we shake off any...

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