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Marco and Rodolpho- A view from the bridge

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´╗┐Marco and Rodolpho In the play A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller portrays Marco and Rodolpho both similarly and differently as they adopt significant roles in furthering the plot development and bringing forward Miller?s ideas on masculinity, violence, Sicilian values and justice. While Marco and Rodolpho have both illegally come to America for work, their personalities, their strengths and their sense of justice differ. Marco acts as the antagonist whilst Rodolpho?s presence acts as a catalyst in the rise to conflict and tragedy. Although they are brothers, Marco and Rodolpho show contrasting characteristics. Miller describes Marco as ?suspicious, tender, and quiet voiced?, this shows he is wary of those around him, a man of view words who expresses his feelings by actions, this is shown when in gratitude to Eddie?s hospitality he comes to ?near tears?. He exemplifies the typical Sicilian man, who takes silence as a virtue and life is centered round family. Marco has come to America for work, so that he can support his family, including one of his children who is dyeing of tuberculosis, this further emphasizes Marco?s selfless personality. ...read more.


Superficially it seems he is protecting Rodolpho but the audience get the feeling there is something else. Eddie feels though he has asserted himself and so ?rises with iron control?- from this the audience feels a growing tension. Eddie grows more aggressive and proves that he is stronger than Rodolpho, but Marco demonstrates that he is even stronger than Eddie. As Eddie pretends to teach Rodolpho how to box, ?he feints with his right hand and lands with his left. It mildly staggers Rodolpho.? Eddie delivers this punch to suggest that he is able to beat Rodolpho if he so wished and endeavors to expose that Rodolpho is so weak that he cannot even fend for himself. Angered, Marco challenges Eddie to a trial of strength in the chair-lifting contest. Eddie fails to lift the chair, but Marco lifts it until he is ?face to face with Eddie, a strained tension gripping his eyes and jaw, his neck stiff, the chair raised like a weapon over Eddie?s head and he transforms what might appear like a glare of warning into a smile of triumph.? Not only is Marco physically stronger than Rodolpho and Eddie his ?smile of triumph powerfully indicates that his clarity of vision and strength of purpose also surpass both of them. ...read more.


Here Eddie is trying to prove that Rodolpho is gay. After reading that Eddie was the one who betrayed them, Marco and Rodolpho act differently. Rodolpho acts as a mediator to prevent bloodshed as he endeavors to subdue Eddie?s infuriation by confronting Eddie and saying, ?I kiss your hand? in apology, although he has not done anything wrong. Rodolpho does no adhere to the Sicilian code of justice as he seeks to compromise instead of to cast blame. On the other hand, Marco shouts at Eddie vehemently in public as he is arrested. He shouts, pointing belligerently at Eddie, ?that?s the one! I accuse that one! That one stole the food from my children!? Marco?s accusations before the entire community illustrate his burning desire to seek vengeance because he believes Eddie has violated the Sicilian code of justice and thus Marco will take justice in his own hands by killing Eddie. Miller aptly portrays Marco and Rodolpho both similarly and differently, whilst giving them separate roles- Marco is the Sicilian angel of justice while Rodolpho is the catalyst for the conflict and later becomes a mediator. Meanwhile, Miller brings the ideas of masculinity, Sicilian values, justice and violence to light. ...read more.

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