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A View from the bridge

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Introduction

A View from the Bridge "The most dramatic moment of 'A View from the Bridge' are those when Eddie's sense of his own masculinity is most threatened" A View from the Bridge was written by Arthur Miller in 1955. The play is set in Brooklyn in America, New York. The plays context revolves around the illegal migration of poor unemployed people from Italy to the US during the 1950's to find jobs. The main characters are: The Carbone Family - Eddie Carbone, the master of the house, he is 40 years old; he is described as "a husky, slightly overweight longshoreman." He is self protective, selfish, has a code of honour, and during the course of the play obsessive. All these attributes conclude to a tragic death at the end, he loses everything. Eddie causes three types of conflict: verbal, Physical and personal. Eddie's Wife, Beatrice Carbone is described as loving, caring, she is a typical Italian women of the household, thought the course of the play we see how Eddie's love for Beatrice is deteriorating she asks "when am I gonna be a wife again, Eddie?". ...read more.

Middle

We see in Act 1, were Eddie is using the excuse of teaching boxing to Rodolpho as an opportunity to hit him, Marco, seeing this, displays his strength by lifting a chair by its legs with one hand which Eddie cannot match. Marco has also a very polite, loving personality, this, in my eyes, makes him a better man than Eddie; he is honourable and has respect. Eddie tries to prevent this bond between Catherine and Rodolpho; the first time is when Eddie tells Catherine that Rodolpho is using her so that "he's got a right to be an American citizen." Catherine gets very upset, but she admits she still loves Rodolpho. The second time he reports them to the immigration officers, this results in a quote of revenge - when Marco accuses Eddie: "That one! He killed my children! That one stole the food from my own brothers!" Eddie has committed the worst offences named under the custom of Sicilian culture; this is followed by serious consequences - the death of Eddie. On the other hand, Rodolpho, the ambitious talented younger brother of Marco, challenges Eddie's maleness. ...read more.

Conclusion

I agree with the statement because, the story revolves around eddies characteristics. As I am a male, my views of excitement are action, this could be a stereotype but then again it is my view. The scenes were Eddie's masculinity is challenged always seems to end in a feud. It also opened the audiences view to how the customs of Sicily are enforced and how ruthless they are. If Rodolpho had not created an impression Catherine and start the jealousy then the other dramatic scenes would not have occurred - the relationship issues would not have risen, the death would not have occurred, so I think that as Eddie is the master and main character of the play, his drama is the source of all the other subordinate dramas. Eddies masculinity is part of the tragedy; this challenge gave way to another relationship, Catherine. Masculinity, for the Italian men from Sicily consisted of justice and law and also the code of honour, Eddie betrays these attributes and therefore faces the consequences, the story's context is about the Italian illegal immigrants, the scenes of Eddie's masculinity being challenged, these scenes show the Italian culture so they are important and Arthur Miller would have made these scenes the most dramatic. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mohammed Hussein Ahmed (Asghar) ...read more.

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