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Miller intends to portray Marco as both innocent and guilty to the audience.

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Miller intends to portray Marco as both innocent and guilty to the audience. For example, Miller displays his blamelessness by describing him as a family man, who has "three children" and "trusts his wife". He has responsibility for his family, so he has come to America as an illegal immigrant to provide food for them, because if he stays in Sicily "they will never grow up". He has immigrated to America because his offspring are suffering from illnesses and need medicine. For example his "older one is sick in his chest". He is committed to providing the money, and he intends to "work hard", "all day, all night". Another point that proves Marco is a caring man is that he has taken responsibility for his younger brother, Rodolfo, and he also treats Eddie politely and calmly. An example of this is shown when Rodolfo starts to sing and Eddie tells him to stop. Marco says calmly, "Yes, yes, you will be quiet Rodolfo". Rodolfo also supports this view of Marco by saying, "Marco never hurt anybody". A man with such a peaceful personality and sense of responsibility wouldn't commit a crime like this for no reason, would he? ...read more.

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Also the "bedroom door" at the back of the stage is crucial, because this is where Rodolfo and Catherine have sex. This is significant because it leads to Eddie telling Rodolfo to get out of the house. This shows Eddie is in the wrong, because he is jealous that they are involved in a physical relationship. It proves that Marco is not to blame because Eddie is treating Rodolfo very badly, kissing him in an attempt to prove that he's homosexual. Another object is the "telephone booth" at the front of the stage; Miller has put it there to show it has significance later on in the play. Eddie uses this to phone the immigration bureau to report Marco and Rodolfo as illegal immigrants. Just before the officers arrive he sends a message to Marco and Rodolfo, who have moved upstairs, to go through the fire exit. This could be for two reasons; firstly to protect his reputation and save his name in the community, or secondly he may have realised what he has done and is trying to protect them. If he acts to save his name in the community, this illustrates Eddie's selfishness, and therefore shows he is at fault, but if he has realised what he has done and tries to make up for this, it demonstrates his innocence. ...read more.

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Stage directions that show Marco as guilty are, "when Marco starts to raise a foot to stamp on him". This shows that Marco is threatening Eddie, which leads to Eddie pulling out his knife. Therefore, he is to blame because this led directly to the killing. Also, when Marco is "turning the blade inward and pressing it home" into Eddie's chest, Miller intends to show that Marco is responsible, but he also suggests it's Eddie's fault because he pulled out "a knife into his hand" initially. Eddies guilt is demonstrated in stage directions when Miller writes "He lunges to Marco", which shows that he started the fight. However, when he springs a knife into his hands", he scares Marco, who then kills him without thinking because he is frightened. A speech that proves Eddie's guilt is when he says "Yeah Marco, Eddie Carbone, Eddie Carbone, Eddie Carbone." He replies to Marco in an offensive way, this results in him being killed, and he is to blame for his own death. Miller has written this play in a complex way to prove that Marco and Eddie are both partially guilty, because there is proof of innocence and guilt for each character. ...read more.

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