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A View From A Bridge - Throughout my essay I will be concentrating on the character of Marco and Eddie.

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English Coursework- A View From A Bridge Throughout my essay I will be concentrating on the character of Marco and Eddie and their relationship with each other and other characters. I will be focusing on the themes of justice and honour and the cultural contrasts between Marcos home country, Italy, and Eddies home country North America. I will also be looking at the stage directions and whether or not this play is very effective. In this section I will look at both Eddie and Marco's characters and their relationships with the other people in the play. Eddie is a middle-aged man who is married to Beatrice and lives with his 17-year-old niece Catherine. Eddie is a very protective and powerful character in the play he is a very short tempered, strong boxer and is also uneducated and has spent most of his life working. His marriage is put under pressure by the arrival of Beatrice's cousins from Italy, Marco and Radolpho. Eddie has always liked Marco however he is not keen on Rodolpho he thinks he 'Ain't right' as he thinks he is not good enough for Catherine. ...read more.

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Is there a question of law somewhere'. During the speech Alfieri keeps expressing the point to Eddie that nothing can be done he keeps repeating words such as 'law' legal/ly' 'proof/provable'. Whereas Eddie keeps using words such as 'I see' I mean' right?' Alfieri tells Eddie there is no way the law can help him in this situation. This shocks Eddie and forces him to take the law into his own hands and resolve the problem himself. The other type of justice in the play is that showed by Marco at the end of the play when he kills Eddie. Marco believes that Eddie has betrayed him and his family by calling the immigration on him and Rodolpho Marco and his comments mainly show the cultural differences. For example when talking about Eddie he says 'in my country he would be dead now' Marco cannot see how there can be no law against a man who ruins a family. Marco cannot adjust from his old codes of honour. In this section I will be looking at the way Arthur miller uses stage directions throughout the play and the tragic chorus made by Alfieri. ...read more.

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Beatrice also seemed to turn her back on Eddie when her cousins arrived in the country. For example she was going to go to the wedding of Catherine and Rodolpho despite her knowing Eddies feelings and views on the marriage. I think they all played a part in eddies downfall and are all as guilty as Eddie. In conclusion of my essay I believe that this play is very effective. I believe that it would not be as affective if the detail to the stage directions and Alfieri as the narrator were not apart of the play The stage directions in the play have a very important part of showing the audience what is beneath the surface of many off the characters and there actions show some of the emotions that the words alone do not express. Without Alfieri as the narrator the play would be a lot longer, as the characters would have to act out to inform the audience what time of day it is what the day is etc. but with Alfieri this is not needed as he can inform the audience of these things therefore helping the play to move on a lot quicker and smother. A View From a Bridge GCSE coursework Natasha Beckett ENGLISH 11 AR/G1 ...read more.

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