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Here the audience realize that the play is a reconstruction, when Alfieri refers to Eddie as past tense. "was"Alfieri is probably the most important role in the play. He is, in some of the action

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Miller spent two years in the shipyards of Brooklyn and was thus able to study the social background of the lives of the dockworkers in that area. Many of the immigrants were of illegal legacy and were being exploited by the people who helped bring them to America and so consequently he further advanced his knowledge of the community spirit in the slum areas of New York and the beliefs and values of the Sicilian individuals. Inspired by the true story of a Brooklyn dockworker who informed on two illegal immigrants middle 20th century aphorised the exploration of Italian immigrants, having come to America, as Arthur Miller's parents had done, in the hope of work, wealth and security that their home countries could not guarantee. This was due to the Second World War where countries in Europe were in financial trouble. The war completely crippled the economics of the European Powers and it had also shown that America was the most powerful country in the world - a 'land of opportunity and freedom' - which led to its attraction. You can see this in Marco's arrival as his strong sense of responsibility to his wife and family to "feed" them is the only reason why he has come to America. Arthur Miller was one of the first American play rights who opened up the stage into different areas. ...read more.


Sometimes this is apparently minor detail, but at times it is highly symbolic Later in Act One, Eddie is sitting, reading the paper, while Marco reads a letter; Rodolpho helps Beatrice stack the dishes and then reads a movie magazine with Catherine. this suggest A moment of high climaxes, that often sees some very striking action. The climax of Act One: Rodolpho teaches Catherine to dance, the action allowing physical closeness; Eddie, to "win back" Catherine, humiliates Rodolpho in a boxing "lesson"; but the final action trumps Eddie's, as Marco, who has silently watched what is happening, shows Eddie the danger he invites by threatening Rodolpho. Politeness does not permit Marco to say anything, and the gesture is far more effective as the audience sees the chair "raised like a weapon" over Eddie's head, symbolizing the destruction he will shortly bring on himself. The two kisses at the start of Act Two are equally effective on stage: one with its suggestion of incest and the other illustrating Eddie's mistaken belief in Rodolpho's homosexuality. When Marco is arrested he shows his condemnation of Eddie before he speaks it, as he spits in his face. The final action of the play is where Eddie dies by his own hand (a metaphor of his self-destruction) ...read more.


Eddie uses a Brooklyn slang ("quicker" for "more quickly", "stole" for "stolen" and so on). His speech is simple, but at the start of the play is more colourful, as he tells Catherine she is "walkin' wavy" and as he calls her "Madonna". Catherine's speech is more often in standard forms, but not always. Her meekness is shown in the frequency with which her speeches begin with "Yeah", agreeing with, Eddie's comments. When Rodolpho speaks. The words are all English. He recalls vivid details of his life in Sicily, and he is given to poetic comparisons, as when (p. 46) he likens Catherine to "a little bird" that has not been allowed to fly. Marco thinks before he can speak in whole phrases or sentences; this means he says little. The play's title is very interesting: it is about the world as seen from the shadow of Brooklyn Bridge between old Europe and the New World - and Alfieri's commentary comes from that Bridge. We see him as the bridge between the two communities, the two main characters and the American laws and ethnic laws together. It may also suggest however, the connection between the middle 20th Century and today's contemporary society. We see this through Millers characterisation of Rodolfo and Alfieri's comment on page 49 when he states "and I see it happening more commonly" which may evoke Miller's view and beliefs on the future society. ?? ?? ?? ?? Asim hussain11A English Coursework ...read more.

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