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A View from the Bridge. This essay will explain and analyse how each individual main character talks in the play A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller.

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Character Speech Analysis: A View from the Bridge By Daniel Goode This essay will explain and analyse how each individual main character talks in the play 'A View from the Bridge' by Arthur Miller. It will cover the way in which the character's speech, including his or her mannerisms and accent, are affected. Examples are: their personality; the current and previous circumstances and surroundings; class; gender, and social position. It will also aim to provide important quotes made during the story, why and how they were given, and what the effects of these were. This essay will analyse the characters in Act I of the revised and extended play from 1956. The play is set in 1950s America, in an Italian neighbourhood (Redhook) near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Eddie Eddie is a fairly outgoing, friendly 40-year old man of average intelligence. He is the 'head of the household' and therefore is probably the most powerful member of the social scene. However, he attempts to control every important thing that goes on in the house and outside, especially when it comes to Catherine, his 17-year old daughter; as Alfieri quickly grasps, Eddie may love her more than he realises. ...read more.

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Rodolfo Rodolfo is truly happy-go-lucky and carefree. He is not the most intelligent of people and this can be seen in the way he sometimes throws himself into things because of his outgoing and careless attitude; indeed he is an illegal immigrant and even this he takes fairly lightly. He is known to be very jokey by Eddie's workmates (other longshoremen) and it appears that Eddie isn't the only that thinks he may be gay. He came to America because he was 'bored' of Italy and perhaps wanted to make more money. Marco Marco is a very careful, thoughtful, doubting character who remains mostly silent throughout many events in the play. He is a solemn character (he is away from his family in Italy and only came to America to get money for them). He appears to be very truthful as can be seen when Rodolfo tells the story about how much money they made when they sang. He is in many ways the opposite of Rodolfo in terms of his approach to speech and his general attitude towards others. Beatrice Beatrice, like Catherine has an enlarged charisma in this version of the story. ...read more.

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Do you understand what I'm saying to you?' From this we can see that he is very polite and grammatically correct; all his sentences make sense and are said in perfect English. He is also brave enough to mention such a sensitive topic and shows that he knows what's going on in an instant even though he has very little knowledge of Eddie outside of this meeting. Alfieri emphasizes the 'Greek tragedy' aspect of the play; Alfieri is the play's 'chorus', the constant narrator who describes what has just happened or perhaps what will come. Often these interjections come at important points in the play. Other characters There are only two other characters that have appeared during Act I, Mike and Lois. However, although they only have fairly brief parts to play, they are the only way of judging how people 'on the outside' are living and talking besides the limited conversation of the main characters on this topic. They have much in common with Eddie (most obviously that they are also longshoremen) and probably live fairly similar lives in many ways. In Eddie's conversation with them halfway through Act I, they seem to find Rodolfo a comical character and have no trouble point this out. They have very similar speech patterns to Eddie and use many of the same slang words. ...read more.

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