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How Far Do You Think "A View From The Bridge" By Arthur Miller Is A Classic Tragedy?

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How Far Do You Think "A View From The Bridge" By Arthur Miller Is A Classic Tragedy? A view from the Bridge was written by Arthur Miller in 1955 and set in the 1950's Brooklyn, New York. Most of this area was inhabited by immigrants that arrived from countries such as Italy and Sicily, before the restriction of immigrant's law was passed. Although the law denies people to migrate to the country. Illegal immigrants will often be smuggled in from countries like Sicily. The main area is based in Red Hook. Illegal immigrants come into the country and work on the dockyards and Sicily at the time was in great poverty and hardship. The people in this area of red hook are Italian American civilian citizens that have travelled the Island of Sicily because of the hard times that they have had. Such things like no cars, no food, no school, no clean water and no jobs for the poor. Two such characters are in the play called Rodolfo and Marco, who are brothers. That has come from such areas of Sicily. Eddie is married to Beatrice but has sexual feelings for his niece, Catherine and because of his pride he cannot admit that he is in the wrong. This makes it difficult for him to take good advice when given. Eventually Eddie cannot take the thought of losing Catherine to Rodolfo, he phones the immigration bureau and tells them about Rodolfo and Marco. When the immigration officers come and take Rodolfo and Marco. Marco realises that Eddie was the one who told the immigration officers about them being illegal immigrants. ...read more.

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Arthur Miller also uses didactic teaching; didactic teaching in Aristotle's play means to teach the audience about the moral of the play. Eddie is the lead character which has great potential respect in modern tragedy and audience can relate and understand what he is going through. This is how Aristotelian opinion relates to Millers play Eddie is not a great man, with great stature, you know this by the fact he is a working man and has to work to earn a living so naturally so naturally he's not wealthy. If Eddie was king then the audience could not really relate to him and the country would start thinking, those sort of things were Ok. People look up to the people with higher status. These sorts of things about Eddie are effective because the audience are more capable to relate to him as Eddie is a normal person with family issues. Which means it could happen to any of the members of the audience. It helps the audience to react to the play by slowly gathering information. At the beginning of the play the scene is described on the stage this description of the area of where the acting is going to take place is how the audience or readers get to display or imagine it to be like in their minds. This also makes the audience want to know what each different scene and objects on the stage are used for. What each different object represent, for example "a portable phonograph", might represent the love and romance between Catherine and Rodolfo. Straight after Alfieri is giving an insight on all the characters involved within the play. ...read more.

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We learn from our mistakes in this case we learn from the protagonists mistake and so that we don't make the same mistake in our own life. It teaches the audience that you should keep family problem within the family and don't trust people outside your family or you'll end up like Vinnie Bolzano. I have learnt from the play that you should always remember the dangers of love. This can make life really nasty for you. Also you should take good advice from all the people around you and don't ignore it, which was exactly what Eddie did which lead to his inevitable death and don't be stubborn with a lot of male pride. The conflict between Natural and Constitutional law in "A View from Bridge" are still relevant today because it still goes on in today's world. For example Natural law uses emotions to kill people and the government uses constitutional law to stop people by using the police. I think that "A View from the Bridge" has been a very good tragedy and has a good structure so people can learn the moral of the play. I would class "A View from the Bridge" as an excellent classic tragedy because it has all the Aristotelian elements for a classic tragedy. One of the main ways of being a classic tragedy is that it has to be didactic and "A View from the Bridge" is very didactic with a chorus which keeps you informed and explained what is going on so that the audience are always one step ahead of the play. Also a classic tragedy is "Universal truth" so it can relate to anyone, people can watch the play a century later and still learn from it. By Ajmahal Ali 10R ?? ?? ?? ?? 2 ...read more.

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