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A View From The Bridge

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A View From The Bridge Arthur Miller In the 1930s, the great depression took its toll on many families particularly Arthur Miller's who moved down the social ladder to the working class area of Brooklyn, New York. To make ends meet after graduating Miller continued with manual labour whilst writing. For two years he worked at the Brooklyn docks where he met and befriended Italian shipyard workers and came into contact with the Italian community. A View from the Bridge was based on this experience. The central situation and issue of a View from the Bridge is immigration - Italian workers coming over to New York and trying to make a living. All the themes and issues of justice, legality, dignity and the American dream emerge from the backdrop of illegal immigration. For centuries America had been the land of opportunity for Europeans of all nationalities, a place for the persecuted and for those who wanted a better lot in life. ...read more.


"Shocked, horrified, his fists clenching." He believes that women should do as the men in their life say, "I heard enough! Come on, let's go!" Eddie is the protagonist of the play. He has a very particular view. He is adamant that men should be a certain way with their women and has very specific views on what they can and cannot do, "he is incensing himself and little bits of laughter even escape him as his eyes are murderous and he cracks his knuckles in his hands with a strange sort of relaxation." When Rodolpho begins to treat Catherine how he feels to be right, a princess, Eddie refuses to accept the fact that he isn't homosexual. "Rodolpho making you a dress?" and "Come on kid, put sump'm behind it." Rodolpho asks Catherine to dance, does everything he can do for her and makes sure she is happy. "My heart dies to look at you." This leads to conflict with Eddie. ...read more.


He brings a chair into the scenario and puts it down in front of himself and Eddie. He asks Eddie to lift it. He does this as lifting a chair by its leg with one hand is the hardest thing for anybody to do. It is a fantastic way to prove exactly how much of a man you actually are. Marco believes that Eddie is bullying his brother, Rodolpho and therefore challenges him to see exactly how much of a man Eddie actually is. When attempting to lift the chair above his head Eddie fails miserably but when Marco attempts it he is very successful. "Marco is face to face with Eddie, a strained tension gripping his eyes and jaw, his neck stiff, the chair raised like a weapon over Eddie's head - and he transforms what might appear like a glare of warning into a smile of triumph, and Eddie's grin vanishes as he absorbs his look." Now, the possessiveness Eddie had over Catherine seems to have deteriorated. Eddie doesn't seem to be that confident anymore. ...read more.

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