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How are Marco and Rodolpho initially presented in "A View From the Bridge"?

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked ´╗┐How are Marco and Rodolpho initially presented in A View From the Bridge? From Marco?s first appearance on stage it is clear that Miller intended to portray him as cautious and respectful. In the stage directions, Miller describes him as ?suspicious, tender?. The use of the word ?suspicious? tells us that Marco is aware of the dangers he and his brother face as immigrants and as such trusts very few people. The word ?tender? supports this idea as it implies that Marco is being careful about what he says as well as being careful to not overstep any boundaries, an idea further supported by the fact that he either sticks only to one or two word answers such as ?thank you? or just nodding. The way Marco has been presented shows that he is very careful by nature and as such will obey those who are in charge. This is first demonstrated after the brothers enter the apartment. After addressing Beatrice, the first thing that Marco tells Eddie is that when ? you (Eddie) ...read more.

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This is clearly intended to be a joke and shows that Rodolpho is being playful with Catherine, and also hints to the fact that Rodolpho might be attracted to her. Miller adds to Rodolpho's childlike nature when he has him describe life back in Sicily. While Marco describes the negativities of life back home Rodolpho decides to make it humorous describing how everything in the town ?you gotta push?. His forwardness shows how naive he is. This is further demonstrated when he describes his reasons for coming to America. Rodolpho states that ?when [he] is rich? he will ?buy a motorcycle?. The fact that he says ?when [he] is rich? shows just how little he has thought the plan through. Eddie has been working in America his entire life and is nowhere near being considered being rich, while Rodolpho just assumes he will be. Additionally, his dream of owning a ?motorcycle? is what could be described as a young man's dream i.e. a person in their youth further adding to the idea that Rodolpho is very childlike. ...read more.

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Furthermore she then exclaims to Beatrice that he is ?practically blond? again showing her interest in him. Additionally Miller heavily suggests Catherine's interest toward Rodolpho when she is described as asking him whether he?s ?married too?. What this does is show to the audience that Catherine is very interested in Rodolpho and is already considering starting a relationship with him. When Miller describes Eddie as coming to ?address Marco only? what he is doing is showing the audience the start of Eddies disapproval of Rodolpho. This all stems from the fact that in Eddie's eyes he sees Marco as a real man, strong and masculine, whereas Rodolpho is seen as weak and effeminate. This is added onto when Eddie interrupts Rodolpho's singing and says ?we never had no singers here?. While this may just be concern for him it could also be interpreted as Eddie being jealous of all the attention Roldolpho is receiving and so purposefully stopped him. In contrast Catherine responds to Eddie's interruption by saying ?leave him finish?. The fact that Catherine, who had prior to this point been entirely dependant on Eddie's opinions, goes against Eddie's wishes is significant and shows just how deep her attraction for Rodolpho goes. ...read more.

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