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A View From The Bridge Essay-Arthur Miller

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A View From The Bridge Essay-Arthur Miller "A View From The Bridge" is a story with many themes and aspects such as love, The American Dream, Justice, Law and Family Honour. The story "A View From The Bridge" is about an Italian American community living in Red Hook, New York. The Italian American community in Red Hook are mainly all immigrants living in the country unlawfully. I will briefly describe the play. Alfieri, an Italian-American lawyer in his fifties, enters the stage and sits in his office. From his desk he talks to the audience and he introduces the story of Eddie Carbone. Alfieri compares himself to a lawyer in Caesar's time. Eddie walks down the street to his house As Eddie reaches his front door two fellow Longshoremen, Louis and Mike greet him. Eddie's niece, Catherine reaches out of the window and waves to Eddie and Louis. When Eddie enters the house he gently scolds Catherine for flirting with the boys. Eddie thinks she should be more reserved and not "walk so wavy". Beatrice, Eddie's wife, is also home. When Beatrice and Catherine set the table for dinner, they convince Eddie to let Catherine take a job as a stenographer down by the docks but Eddie didn't want her to take the job because he thinks the men will take advantage of her and he wants Catherine to finish college. Eddie informs Beatrice that her cousins Marco and Rodolpho will be arriving early from Italy. Beatrice and Eddie plan to hide Marco and Rodolpho while they work in the country illegally to send money back home. Marco and Rodolpho arrive at the house and a brief reunion. Marco tells the Carbone family that he has three children and a wife back home that he will be sending money to. Rodolpho is the younger blonde brother and has no family and intends to stay in the country as long as possible but also Rodolpho wants to live the American dream and wants to be an American. ...read more.

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He knows how important it is to give the men a chance to work to send money back to Italy. There is no doubt that Eddie understands the poverty they are escaping as his own father had come to the U.S.A. from Italy. Eddie's willingness to offer hospitality shows that he is a good man, aware of his responsibilities to others in the Italian-American community. This makes his later actions an even greater shock. Eddie is immediately impressed by the maturity of Marco, but he is equally quickly irritated by Rodolpho. This is partly because of Rodolpho's personality, for he is an extrovert, quite loud, showy, lively and fun loving, but also because of his appearance. Eddie's stereotyping of Rodolpho because of his blond hair and his voice shows prejudice, which reflects not just Eddie's attitudes but also those of his time and culture. These are the things about Rodolpho which irritate Eddie His appearance; especially his blond 'wacky' hair. Eddie says of Rodolpho "he's like a chorus girl or sump'n His abilities and talents, e.g. dressmaking and cooking, which Eddie thinks are things only a woman should do. This leads him to doubt whether Rodolpho is a 'real' man. His fondness for singing out loud in his high voice, even on the ships. Eddie is embarrassed that other men laugh at Rodolpho for this. He is particularly angry when Rodolpho sings 'Paper Doll' because he thinks the words may be related to Catherine and he becomes aware of the growing romance between her and Rodolpho. The stage directions state that Eddie is 'puffed with trouble' when he notices the growing affection between Catherine and Rodolpho. These are the things that annoy Eddie at first, but annoyance becomes hate when he realises that Rodolpho is a rival for Catherine. In Act II, Eddie is furious with Catherine and Rodolpho for going to the cinema and staying out late. ...read more.

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In the end regaining the respect of his society is the most important thing in his life. You will remember Eddie's comment when he is being urged to run from Marco. Eddie says: "I want my name." In order to live happily, Eddie needs his good name restored or he would rather die than lose their good name with the rest of the community. The climax of the play so to speak is kind of like the 'showdown' at the end of a western film. Marco is coming to punish Eddie and Eddie in return is demanding his 'name' back. Marco believes it is dishonourable to let Eddie live, but has given his word not to kill him. Eddie's pulling a knife means that Marco can see justice done, while keeping his word. Eddie literally dies by his own hand, which holds the knife, and is killed by his own weapon, but Eddie also metaphorically destroys himself because of the heat and pressure that gets to him, over the whole course of the play. And this is what Alfieri introduces to the audience at the play's opening: the sight of a man destroying himself, while those around him are as powerless as the audience to prevent it. This is hinted at by the beginning of the play. This play shows a whole range of emotions and tackles many issues such as The American Dream, Justice, Law and family Honour. In the end I thought that because Eddie and Catherine cared deeply for each other this led to Eddie being jealous of Rodolpho and over protective of Catherine, which split the relationship between Catherine and Eddie but also led towards the death of Eddie. All the characters in the play then suffered a tragedy because nobody gained anything in the play or achieved their dreams but mostly lost things instead of gaining things. Family honour might have been satisfied, but only through Eddie so that also proved to be negative because only Eddie dealt with it and nobody else did. ...read more.

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