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A View From The Bridge.

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A View From The Bridge In the opening stage directions Miller sets the play, very precisely, in Red Hook, "the slum that faces the bay on the seaward side of Brooklyn Bridge...the gullet of New York". The Carbones' living and dining room is the focus of the action, but the street outside must also be partly represented so that the audience is immediately made aware of both the private and the public contexts in which the action is set: quite literally, we see Eddie and Beatrice's place in the community. While a high degree of realism is appropriate in the design of the Carbone family home, the street itself need only be suggested. The precision of the setting is also reflected in the language of the play. ...read more.


They share Alfieri's perspective, looking back on the events, which he narrates. This perspective in turn heightens their sympathies for the other characters of the play as their story is told in what is, in effect, a series of flashbacks; it further serves to heighten the sense of tragedy that develops as the play progresses. For despite Alfieri's best efforts, the events that follow are inevitable and reminiscent of the characters' homeland, Italy. It is Eddie Carbone who is identified by Alfieri as the hero of this particular tragedy. Eddie is fundamentally a simple, straightforward man who "worked on the piers when there was work, he brought home his pay, and he lived"; he is seen to be humorous, kind and generous in anticipating the arrival, illegally, of his wife Beatrice's cousins. ...read more.


For it is Marco and Rodolfo's arrival at the Carbones' that is the catalyst for Catherine finally achieving adulthood. Previously she has been supported by the Carbones as she has worked her way through school, doting on Eddie, and has been, in effect, their surrogate daughter. But her finding work and her growing attraction to Rodolfo, which leads to their planned marriage, brings out an increasingly aggressive reaction in Eddie that starts to break the family apart. Catherine becomes more rebellious and independent and Beatrice becomes increasingly frustrated as she realises how events will go. For Beatrice has realised what she says to Eddie as the climax of the tragedy approaches that he wants "somethin' else, Eddie, and you can never have her!" 683 words ...read more.

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