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This piece of coursework is to look at the way Arthur Miller writes about justice in "A View from the Bridge".

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"A View from the Bridge" This piece of coursework is to look at the way Arthur Miller writes about justice in "A View from the Bridge". The characters look for justice and express their feeling towards the law and how it is inadequate. The novel "A View from the Bridge" is based on a Greek Tragedy; where the Hero is portrayed as a moral person at first; and then by influences beyond their control, the hero would turn bad and would lead to a sad end (generally death). Greek Tragedies are usually written in verses, as was Arthur Miller's first version of the story, and always contains a chorus (singing). This would tell give the audience a kind of summary of what is going on, in our case, the chorus is about Mr Alfieri- the lawyer. The play had influences from Arthur's own experiences from his trips to Sicily, where he watched the citizens living a poor quality life; who would wait, hoping for some form of work in the town centre where anyone who needed help for a few hours would come; and were even forced to immigrate illegally to America to find work. The play also had influences form Miller's previous employment at Brooklyn Harbour, where he became interested in the lives of the longshoremen and the dockworkers. ...read more.

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How's he gunna show his face?.' Eddie feels Rudolph has broken the unspoken "code" which outlines the socially expected standards of behaviour. He thinks Rudolpho is using Catherine to get citizenship in America, is being disrespectful by not asking Eddie's permission before taking Catherine out and that he is gay- 'That guy ain't right,' (he may not actually believe this, but finds it convenient reason to prevent his niece from marrying him.) Eddie is searching for justice, but is frustrated, when he goes to see Alfieri, that the law cannot help him. There is no law to stop two people getting married because one of their guardians disapproves, Alfieri explains-'morally and legally you have no rights,' then advises Eddie; 'let her go. And bless her.' Eddie, however, in his search for justice; is blind to the injustice he is causing to the people around him. He is not treating Beatrice as a loving husband should; he treats her disrespectfully by: not opening up, not talking when she wants to, their sex life has come to a complete standstill, and he threatens her that if she goes to Catherine's wedding she won't be allowed back in the house- 'don't come back.' He is also being a chauvinist: 'this is my house;' she has no choice in the matter and her views are irrelevant. ...read more.

Conclusion

Rudolpho is the one who settles for the "half" that Alfieri mentions earlier in the play. When the two men meet, Eddie pulls out a knife; Marco didn't bring a weapon, showing that he had no intention of murdering Eddie even though he thinks it dishonourable to let him live. Marco pushes Eddie's own knife into him; in this way he has kept his promise, in that Eddie died by his own hand. This is metaphorical in showing that Eddie did in fact bring about his own destruction. In the end nobody wins: Eddie looses everything as well as his life; Beatrice is now a widow; Catherine has lost an uncle; Rudolpho is sad that his new bride is miserable, that his brother is to be deported and that Eddie has sealed Marco's family's fate-they will starve. Ironically, after all this, the marriage still went ahead, and sooner - all of Eddie's sacrifices were for nothing. In "A View from the Bridge", Arthur Miller is on the side of the immigrants. He has seen how desperate they are during his visits to Sicily. That is why the audience are made to like the immigrants. The law is sometimes inadequate. The theme throughout the play is; "What is lawful is not always just, and what is just is not always lawful. ...read more.

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