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A View From The Bridge

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Introduction

A View From The Bridge A View From The Bridge is a play created by Arthur Miller, in the late 1940's early 50's. It is based on what the author experienced in working at a shipyard in New York, where he met several Italian immigrants, and their families. The actual play is about family crisis. The play is set in New York, in the Red Hook District, where Italian immigrants live. Where they do jobs which ordinary citizen do not want. This is due to their poverty background back home in Italy. The main code of conduct in the Red Hook District, is not to betray (snitch) illegal immigrants. The main characters in the play are Eddie, Catherine, Beatrice, Rodolpho and his brother Marco. After analysing the play I am convinced that the most striking character to me in the play is Marco. He is an Italian immigrant that moved illegally to the United States with his brother Rodolpho, to work as longshoremen, since at the time his country of origin, Italy, was going through a major economic depression because of the outcome of the Second World War. In the play, we are told that Marco's plan was to make enough money to survive and be able to send some money to his wife and three children in Italy, who are starving. ...read more.

Middle

When Catherine did finally come down, she invited Eddie to her and Rodolpho's wedding Eddie tried to persuade her not to marry Rodolpho by telling her he will let her go out where maybe she will meet other men, he also told her Rodolpho is her first love, 'whats the hurry' he tells her "you'll might find somebody else in a couple of months." Catherine refused she said she had already made her mind up. Afterwards there was a knock on the door. Eddie's head swerved, him Beatrice and Catherine stood motionless, there was another knock Catherine stood motionless, uncomprehendingly. Eddie opened the door and the two immigration officers entered, the officers searched around the house looking for Rodolpho and Marco. The first officer went out of the apartment and ran upstairs and the other officer went into the kitchen. While this was happening Beatrice weakened in fear "Oh my god, what did you do?" she accused Eddie of betraying the immigrants, but Eddie denied it. There after the officers caught Rodolpho and Marco. Catherine and Beatrice tried to help Rodolpho and Marco by pleading with the officers, telling them that Marco and Rodolpho are no harm to the community, they do there bit for society, they work. "What do yiz want from them? They work, that's all. They're boaders upstairs, they work on the piers," said Beatrice, Catherine even lied to the officer by telling them that Rodolpho was born in Philadelphia (USA) ...read more.

Conclusion

Marco grabbed his arm turning the blade inwards and pressed it home into Eddie's stomach as the two women and Louis and Mike rushed forward to separate them. The knife still in his hands fell on his knees before Marco. Catherine told Eddie she never meant to hurt his feelings, Eddie then cried 'Oh b' Beatrice replied 'Yes, yes' Eddie finally said 'My B' and Eddie died in the arms of his wife Beatrice. Those were the last words of Eddie Carbone. We come away from this play feeling great sympathy for all the characters, a sympathy best summed up in Alfieri's final comment: "Most of the time now we settle for half and I like it better. But the truth is holy, and even as I know how wrong he was and his death useless, I tremble for, I confess that something perversely pure calls to me from his memory--not purely good, but himself, purely, for he allowed himself to be wholly known and for that I think I will love him more than all my sensible clients." This play is about family crisis and love, if we compare things back then in the 1950's when the play was written, to now not many things have changed, families still fall out over someone in the family, falling into love with someone who is lower in class than them. For example Prince Charles and Camilia how the Queen disapproves. Although in today's world there would rarely be brutal killings on the streets of the United Kingdom. ...read more.

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