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'A View From The Bridge' is a modern drama, which after closer examination seems to relate to some Shakespeare plays, which I have studied.

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Andrew Scott A View From The Bridge Mr. Gleave 'A View From The Bridge' is a modern drama, which after closer examination seems to relate to some Shakespeare plays, which I have studied. In some ways it contrasts with Shakespeare's highly sophisticated language, and with his use of complex verbs and rhyme. Though the two writers base upon a certain convention where their characters are sometimes allowed their own individual language to express their feelings. Like in Shakespeare's writings, Miller uses alliteration, imagery and symbolism to express these feelings of the characters. The drama centres on obsession and betrayal. Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone lives in a tight-knit hardworking Italian neighbourhood near the waterfront with his wife Beatrice and niece Catherine. Catherine's emerging independence and womanhood have begun to bother Eddie; he isn't ready to give up his position as the main man in her life. Into this already tense situation enter two of Beatrice's cousins, Marco and Rodolpho, illegal immigrants from the old country. When Catherine falls in love with Rodolpho, Eddie tries everything he can to dissuade her. Driven by an obsession he can neither understand nor acknowledge Eddie finally reports Marco and Rodolpho to the immigration authorities in a desperate attempt to restore his family. ...read more.

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He makes Rodolfo stop singing under the pretence that the singing is drawing attention to him and he may get discovered and picked up, to mask his feelings of jealousy and dislike towards him. Eddies hatred for Rodolfo grows and he is acting on his emotions when he tells Catherine, after they have come back from the cinema that Rodolfo is only using her to get his papers so he can stay in America. "Katie, he's only bowin� to his passport." Catherine reacts badly to this and the tension between everyone in the flat grows. It is because of Marco and Rodolfo�s illegal status and their dependence on Eddie for his hospitality that they are unable to stand up for themselves and react normally to the situation and are trapped in the flat with nowhere else to go. Marco is aware of Eddies aggression towards Rodolfo and as his older protective brother feels it is his duty to defend Rodolfo, especially after Eddie uses the pretence of a friendly boxing match to lay a punch on Rodolfo. Marco, because of the situation is unable to speak out, but uses a very effective way of tacitly challenging Eddie and establishes his superior strength. ...read more.

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However, I personally feel that the most likely reason for Arthur Miller's naming of the play as "A View from the Bridge" is the obvious metaphor of the audience's perspective. Injustice plays a major part in the play in the fact that Eddie has his strongest feeling of injustice when Rodopho arrives. Eddie has been a father to Catherine all her life and "gave her the food out of his mouth". He paid money to her so that she would meet a better class of people and there are subtle hints that he is attracted to her as well. He is justified to feel jealous and spiteful towards Rudolph when he comes over from Italy and wins Catherine's heart. He feels betrayed by Catherine that she has suddenly run off and lives her own life (this also could be attributed to his fear of Catherine growing up, and that she is not his little baby anymore. The beginning scenes of the play are very important, which set the scene of what is to happen at the end. Anger and aggression has already set in and confrontations are eminent. We can already sense a feeling of tragedy towards some of the characters, Eddie being the most obvious. Also with Miller's use of complicated language taken from the simplest of language we can discover different meanings of the language and hidden symbolism. ...read more.

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