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In "A view from the Bridge" by Arthur Miller, action is just as important as language. Discuss this with close reference to the text.

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Arthur Miller - A View From The Bridge In "A view from the Bridge" by Arthur Miller, action is just as important as language. Discuss this with close reference to the text. The play "A view from the Bridge" by Arthur Miller is based on a real Brooklyn community in New York, which is largely about Italian immigrants in USA in the 1940s/50s. The overall story line is very true to life as many immigrants were entering America illegally and this still happens today in America and in other countries like United Kingdom. Immigrants were forced to hide and keep quiet because if they were discovered they would be deported back to their original country. This sets up the story for the play. Most or nearly all the play is based on two illegal immigrants, Marco and Rodolpho who are hiding with their cousin, Beatrice, and her family consisting of her husband, Eddie and their niece, Catherine. The illegal immigrants change the family's life due to Marco and Rodolpho attitudes and how they are which changes everything in the household. The main character of this would be Eddie Carbone, who represents an everyman, who has his part in the community and does some good and does some wrong. The play is linked to a tradition of plays like this one, for insistences in Shakespeare's plays there is always tragidies and have characters that do wrong. ...read more.

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This is the perfect explain of action is louder than language, the amount of pressure on Eddie after that big impact threat is huge. As his love for his niece gets stronger and stronger he is getting even more desperate to get her even though it is his own niece. Eddie Carbone is a representative of his class, background and society. This does not mean that Miller thinks that all middle-aged uncles fall in love with their nieces. Instead, he is suggesting that we all have basic impulses and instincts that civilization and the rules of society make us keep hidden. Eddie is not able to hide his impulses or he either doesn't want to or cant and this causes problems for his family and community. The whole of this play involves symbolism, on many different levels. Rodolpho danced with Catherine when she had previously been attending to Eddie, symbolic of him taking her from Eddie's life. This is another reason that drives Eddie to change and get obsessed and possessive with Catherine. He love is different, not family love but relationship love and it grows throughout the play. Another case where action is just as important language is when Eddie gets even more desperate, he becomes obsessed with Rodolpho's sexuality and unsuitability for Catherine and repeatedly refers to what he regards as proof of this, for example his 'blond hair�, the laughter of his friends, and his singing. ...read more.

Conclusion

He is part of the American culture, but also part of the Italian culture, he also knew the family "I had represented his father in an accident case some years before, and I was acquainted with the family in a casual way." This is why he is able to give a balanced opinion and to counsel Eddie (though his advice is not understood or not taken in by Eddie). On the bridge we have time to form opinions, to judge other people, to 'settle for half�. There are other journeys between extremes that could be the 'bridge� of the play, e.g. Eddie's transformation into a character like the Vinnie Bolzano he described previously. Eddie's unavoidable crossing from a happy family circumstance into the situation that Alfieri predicted "You won't have a friend in the world...Put it out of your mind". As Eddie changes in character and his desperation increases his view of the events unfolding is warped. However, I personally feel that the most likely reason for Arthur Miller's naming of the play as "A View from the Bridge" is the obvious metaphor of the audience's perspective. How the audience see what is happening, even though it is just the actions happening, not language, sometimes nothing is said, just the action and the way people react and the audience is in on it all the time. ...read more.

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