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A View From the Bridge

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A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE NAME: ALI NOOR COURSEWORK CLASS: 11C TEACHER: MR PARMENTER After reading Arthur Miller's play 'a view from a bridge' I was determined that the most conspicuous (striking) character is Marco. He is an Italian immigrant that came illegally to America with his brother Rodolpho to get work as longshoremen, since at that time his own country, Italy was going through a major economic depression because of world war two. In the play we were told that Marco wants to make enough money to survive and be able to send some money to his wife and three children who are starving back in Italy. Marco physically resembles the Sicilian stereotype, with his dark hair and dark skin. He is very strong and could easily "load the whole ship by himself." In this play Miller uses plot, dialogues, action and symbolism to emphasize Marco's honour. ...read more.


E.g. Marco challenges Eddie to lift a chair at the end of act one, we are made to understand that he did this to save Rudolpho's image and his family honour. The killing of Eddie by Marco's own bare hands is the last display of his character. Marco's character is mainly made greater by his actions and not by his words. Marco is very strong, and he is, without doubt aware of his strengths, but still he doesn't like to show his power with words, or brag about it. For example, when Eddie was making fun of Rodolpho, instead of confronting Eddie with words, he chooses to use his strengths to get his point across by challenging Eddie to lift a chair. Marco also doesn't really talk about his family a lot, instead he works as hard as he can so he can make the money he needs foe his family, and this is enough to show everyone how much he cares for his family. ...read more.


and makes it seem like an impossible task or challenge to Eddie, as a response for mocking his brother. It is only till act 2 where we see Marco's character metamorphose into a round character. In the play Marco is shown as a victim, as he hasn't said nor done anything to Eddie but he still gets arrested. Although his brother, Rodolpho doesn't get arrested because he is married to Catherine, Marco is sent back to Italy to his family, a hungry wife and sick children. The thought of knowing that Eddie doesn't care of what he has caused, makes Marco infuriated and I believe that this is what drives him towards revenge. I believe that the play wouldn't have been so complete without the amazing character That is Marco. If Marco did not exist then Eddie would not have been punished foe his crimes and would still be alive and this would be an insult to the very concept of drama. ____________________________________________________________ ...read more.

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