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Theme's from A View from a bridge

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Introduction

A View from a bridge essay 'A View From The Bridge' is set in early 1950's America at a time when it was very common for illegal crime syndicates to transport illegal immigrants into America for large sums of money. It is based around a small family who decide to have two of their relatives imported from Italy so they can try and make some money for their poor families back home. The play covers many issues including aggression, hostility and the true role of a man to his family. Hostility starts when Roldolfo and Marco get transported from Italy to live with the Carbones. Roldolfo does not conform to Eddies views of "manliness", since Roldolfo is not big and strong like him. Eddie works in a male dominated dock yard and has a very stereotypical view of men and their roles, he believes they should be strong and protective to their families. Eddie thinks it is very important that he is given respect, we know this because halfway through Act two Eddie Shouts at Beatrice telling her "I want my respect". He sometimes wants more respect than he deserves, even though Beatrice tells Roldolfo and Marco to move out he tells her "I don't like the way you talk to me, Beatrice" this makes Eddie seem like a bully. ...read more.

Middle

Marco senses Eddie's dislike of him and is immediately aggressive to him, but he still does not confront Eddie but he does show his power over Eddie by challenging him to lift the chair at the end of Act One. At the beginning of Act Two Eddie kisses Roldolfo and Catherine, this is a very intense part of the play because it is the only time, apart form when they are boxing, that Rodolfo physically touches Eddie. He grabs his arm and tells him to "Stop that! Have respect for her" because Eddie is forcibly kissing Catherine. Eddie has been drinking and this gives the impression that he is very unpredictable. He kisses Catherine very passionately; this shows that Eddie cares about Catherine a lot more than originally shown in the play. This is one of the reasons why he is so bitter about Catherine Marrying Roldolfo. It is the only time Eddie shows his dislike of Rodolfo. When he kisses Rodolfo he does it as a way of humiliating him as he feels as he is humiliating his family by marring Catherine just to stay in the country. ...read more.

Conclusion

Alfieri's scenes are used to move on time, develop the plot and setting a new time and place. Alfieri is a close friend of Eddie's and he helps guide him, but Eddie ignores what Alfieri advises. Alfieri opens the play, and he closes it with some very strong words "Most of the time now we settle for half and I like it better". Alfieri is implying that he thinks Eddie was selfish, and if he just settled with Catherine and him being friends, he would still be alive now. He lost everything because he was selfish. Alfieri generalises all of his other clients by saying Eddie is "not purely good, but himself purely, for he allowed himself to be wholly known and for that I will love him more than any my sensible clients". By this statement Alfieri means that Although Eddie was wrong with his views he was just being himself. Manliness, Hostility and Aggression are obvious themes though out the play and they are all very closely linked. Because of Eddies views on manliness he is Hostile towards Roldolfo from as soon as he meets him. This then leads to aggression between Marco and Eddie, which ends in Eddie having his life taken from him all because of his shallow views and poor education. ...read more.

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