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"Most of the time now we settle for half and I like it better."

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Year 10 Literature Coursework: A View from the Bridge By Arthur Miller "Most of the time now we settle for half and I like it better." Giving examples, explain how justice is important in the world of the play. What moral does Miller intend us to draw? Justice: is a concept involving the fair, moral, and impartial treatment of all persons, especially in law. The words justice and law are frequently heard in the play, A View from the Bridge. Alfieri, the lawyer, establishes that justice and the law are going to be important in the play in his opening speech. Whilst researching justice it is apparent that there is mainly one type of law; being the legal system. However I believe in this play two types of law dominate the play. The legal system being one, solely backed up by Alfieri and the unwritten rules of society that everyone tries to abide by. On the other hand as the "moral code of conduct" is unwritten, people can choose to betray it as seen later on in the play by the protagonist, Eddie Carbone. ...read more.


An example of this in the play is when Vinny Bolzano "ratted out his family" and is labelled as an outcast and disgraced even by Eddie at the time. With hindsight as an audience we can look back to this event and see how irony is used as Eddie's horror is soon reversed as he does exactly the same thing later on. Eddies reaction to the news was exaggerated compared to the other characters in the play. Arthur Miller could at this moment be foreshadowing the events that occur later, indicating to the audience that something like this might happen later on in the play. It also suggests that by Eddie meting out his own family he must have known what he was doing as he was alarmed by what Vinny did earlier on which makes Eddie appear more of a hypocrite when he later does the same thing. Rodolfo appears in the play as single, young and multi-talented and Eddie immediately feels threatened and right from the offset there is a connection between Rodolfo and Catherine. Rodolfo admires the Americans and wants to be seen as "equal" to them and Eddie thinks that Rodolfo just wants Catherine for the" passport". ...read more.


Alfieri reiterates his beliefs at the end of the play: "Most of the time now we settle for half and I like it better." Alfieri values the law more than justice; he sees that when people go against the law to assert justice it can lead to conflict and death. It can be argued that none of the characters actually 'wins' in the end as nobody got their "full justice". Catherine ultimately still had feelings for Eddie, Beatrice lost her husband, Marco got deported and Rodolfo lost his brother. However relating back to what Alfieri says, : Most of the time now we settle for half and I like it better, is it better to end up with what you are given and not be too greedy like Eddie which eventually lead to his downfall? In the play breaking the "code of conduct" was fatal and in a small community it is vital. Arthur Miller obviously thought both aspects of the law are vital in the play. The characters often mistake their own desires for justice, they fail to look for a higher principle of justice separate from their own feelings, and this is what leads to conflict and the downfall of the protagonist. GCSE English Coursework Katie Proudlove 25/06/2007 ...read more.

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