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Arthur Miller - 'A View from the Bridge',

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A View From The Bridge GCSE Assignment Discuss the view that when Arthur Miller wrote 'A View from the Bridge', he created a tragic play which suggests that true justice does not exist and that the law is often inadequate. You may focus in detail on the Key section we have studied, but do make wider reference. Arthur Miller was born in New York, but at the age of 14 his farther's clothing business failed due to the depression, and his family moved to Brooklyn, famous at the time for its Immigrant community. Arthur Miller wrote the play shortly after the end of the McCarthy era, a period when most of American society was worried that communist sympathisers had held government positions, and Joe McCarthy took advantage of these fears, accusing prominent Americans of harbouring or being sympathisers. Miller knew of Americans with Communist ideas, and refused to name them before the Un-American Activities Council (UAAC) was charged for Contempt, a ruling later overturned. These events have had a profound influence on AVFTB (A View From The Bridge), the settings for the play can be drawn from Miller's younger years, the brooklyn terraces and the Dockyard, for example. Miller's experience with the UAAC, especifically the threat of deportation, and his feelings for the immigrants themselves has helped Miller to create an involving storyline with more attention to detail than if he had not had them. ...read more.

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By this time he has a prommise of marriage from Catherine, so therefore the law does not apply to him. He simply carries on as normal. Alfieri, being both a character and the narrator, has only a limited ammount of 'live' stage time, and spends most of his stage time in voiced thought to the audience. His main function in the story is to represent the law, and reason. He seems to be playing Eddie's good-concience, warning Eddie before he moves off to call immigration of the concequences. He also represents the remoteness of the law, with his seperate stage-area, and his interactions on stage only extending to Eddie. This means he is not viewing the whole picture from Marco and Rodolpho's point of view. His reason helps him to understand their views, however not how to satisfy all parties involved, nor even to punish the guilty. He is also a dramatic devide, used to stimulate audience interest by describing the coming events so the audience will be able to concentrate on the tension and the route taken to arrive at the event without having to guess as to what will happen next, Predictive Narration. The rest of the characters share a much more intimate relationship. As the story begins, the audience will become aware of the sexual connection bettween Eddie and Catherine, and the lack of one bettween Eddie and Beatrice. ...read more.

Conclusion

The closing sections show the sexual link bettween Eddie and Catherine has been broken, as Catherine 'can't stay here(with eddie) no more' and instead spends most of her time out with Rodolpho. This is another factor to Eddie's anger, although he cannot direct it towards Rodolpho singly, as Eddie knows in his heart that Rodolpho has not done anything seriously wrong. At this point the audience is supposed to be sympathising with most characters apart from Eddie. Many viewers could be repulsed by Eddie kissing Rodolpho, however they can empathise with the rest of the cast's problems adjusting to their new way of life, especialy Rodolpho and Marco. Once the play has finished, the audience will probably be still realising the deeper meanings of the play, such as the fragility of the balances in each home, with each family forming friendships through the community. Any of these balances can be tipped, rippling through society and breaking frienships bettween families, maybe even escalating into violence bettween any of the families in any community, and the the law is powerless to stop the petty squables early enough to prevent it. Personally i believe that Miller was aiming to create a play that is watchable on many levels, appealing to both the Joe Average and those that study plays specifically. His previous experiences make it probable that he is attempting with this play to cry out against the law's flaws, and make his views known more publicly. However he meant the audience to watch the play, I enjoyed it personally, which has got to be a major objective of every play writer! ...read more.

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