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A View From A Bridge Essay

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Introduction

Focusing on the first scene, up to the arrival of Marco and Rodolpho, show how Arthur Miller introduces the main issues of the play and prepares the audience for what is to come. At the beginning of the play, from Alfieri's monologue you can tell that there is constant tension between the people in the neighbourhood because of when he says how "I often think that behind that suspicious little nod of theirs lie three thousand years of distrust". This shows that this "trust" hasn't been broken recently, it has been going back generations upon generations. The comment "Oh, there were many here who were justly shot by unjust men. Justice is very important here" says to the reader that no matter how much violence it may lead to it will be done, and in the hands of the Italian civilians. They don't go to the police and instead fight it out themselves. Things are obviously starting to calm down now though because Alfieri no longer keeps a pistol in his filing cabinet and says that people are "now quite civilized, quite American". When we first meet the Carbone family, we see an excited Catherine welcoming Eddie home from a long day of working in the docks. ...read more.

Middle

Beatrice and Eddies relationship has an obvious problem which is that he has more feelings for Catherine than he does for Beatrice. Which Beatrice realises but Eddie doesn't. At the beginning Beatrice isn't so open about the fact that she knows Eddies has feelings for his niece, but after some time she starts to argue with Eddie whenever its just them left in the room. But right now at the beginning Beatrice doesn't speak it out. When Eddie tells Catherine that Beatrice's cousins have landed, B. is very concerned about how the house looks and that she hasn't bought a new table cloth "(astounded and afraid) I'm - I just - I can't believe it! I didn't even buy a new tablecloth; I was gonna wash the walls". Eddie is actually a nice and caring person and not just the guy who brings in the money. He reassures Beatrice that "Listen, they'll think it's a millionaire's house compared to the way they live" this calms her down a bit but she is still a little doubtful until Eddie says "You're saving their lives, what're you worrying about the table cloth? They probably didn't see a tablecloth in their whole life where they come from" which begins to calm her down. ...read more.

Conclusion

Beatrice replies with "Yeah, but she'll be in the office, Eddie" but again it's not what Eddie had in mind. He had had good intentions for Catherine because he wanted her "to be with different kind of people. I want you to be in a nice office. Maybe a lawyers office in New York in one of them nice buildings". He obviously doesn't want her to go because when Beatrice tells him to think about it "(he is silent, staring down at the tablecloth, fingering the pattern)". Beatrice tells him that "she'll get out of the subway and be in the office in two minutes" but Eddie is somehow sickened by the idea of her working in that neighbourhood. After some time Eddie actually agrees to let her work, Catherine is excited and says that she will buy new dishes with her first pay and Eddie replies with a sudden "and then you'll move away" Catherine denies this accusation but Eddie still carries on with "Why not? That's life. And you'll come visit on Sundays, then once a month, then Christmas and New Year's, finally" Catherine again denies the accusation but Eddie is hurt that she will be leaving him and the house and this shows he isn't ready to move on yet. ...read more.

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