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A View from the Bridge. In his portrayal of Italian immigrants, the author is able to use language to his advantage. Each character has a different level of point of view

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A view from the bridge by Arthur Miller The play is set in New York, in the borough of Brooklyn. It is home to many Italian immigrants. Italy itself represents different things to the main characters in the play. For example, Catherine associates Italy with mystery, romance and beauty. Rodolfo, on the other hand, is actually from Italy, and thinks it is a place with little opportunity, that he feels justified in escaping from The first act is about Eddie's attempts to prevent Catherine from falling in love with Rodolpho. Eddie discovers in the second act that his attempts have been in vain. He then tries to dispose of Rodolpho. In his portrayal of Italian immigrants, the author is able to use language to his advantage. Each character has a different level of point of view, with Alfieri as the only educated English speaker. So I believe it is Alfieri who is able to define the action of the play to the audience. Eddie has a strong personality, motivation and relationships with people he knows. ...read more.


Eddie's language is more basic. He speaks in Brooklyn slang, which appears to be more realistic than Rodolpho or Alfieri. Rodolpho has a very precise speech pattern and throughout the play uses poetic phrases, so it easy to see why Catherine falls for him. Arthur Miller uses stage directions throughout the play, because he shows the symbolism of the play to the actors and director. There is also symbolism in the fact that Eddie is killed essentially by his own hand. Italian people can't stand members of the family going snitching on there own families about immigration in the family. This is linked with jealousy because Eddie doesn't know but he likes Catharine now this battle between Rodolfo and Eddie. Towards the end of the play Eddie sees there no way he can stop Rodolfo getting married to Catharine but only by killing Rodolfo or telling the immigration office about Rodolfo here illegally. "You rat" Marco calls Eddie a rat the Marco we now would be usually quiet and try to make good relationship everyone. ...read more.


Also the dream is if you work hard, you will have everything you want, I personally disagree with this you need a good education, you can have a good life and then get what you want. "What job? She's gonna finish school". Eddie trying to say if you don't finish school you failed you can't have the American dream. Eddie's purpose is to help the family, make sure they have good health and make sure everyone has the essentials they need so they're not in poverty. This is also one of Eddie personas. Beatrice is happy because Catharine is now getting a job so if Catharine gets a job Beatrice and Eddie place in society becomes even higher this is because it will look like Beatrice and Eddie have been good parents and brought Catharine up has a good, well educated child. Overall from the play I have learn that the Italian's are very strict about there culture and traditions. We should understand this and appreciate what we have today. You gain respect by loving and caring for everyone not by money or the way you display yourself by others. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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