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View from the bridge

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"VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE" The final confrontation in the book "view from the bridge" starts with manly and brutal fight between Eddie and Marco. Eddie has a slight edge in the battle for his reputation by having a knife like in a street fight but Marco has nothing else apart from his physical strength and skill to use against his rival. This makes it intensely dramatic because Marco has got a chance of losing or even dying. At this point, the audience expectation of violence is too high because neither man will settle for half. Violet language is used by both men such as "Animaaaal" to show there anger, emotion and desperation towards each other during the fight. As Eddie is about to stab Marco, his sheer brute force held his hand back and diverted the force of the back to his own chest causing him to die in Beatrice's arms (his wife) creating a dramatic pause at the end of the play. In the play Miller examines issues relating to law and justice because these are two similar things that sound the same but they have different interpretations. "Justice" is what you think is right or what you disserve while "Law" is the rules that are set by the head of a place e.g. heads of school. The prologue suggests that to Miller's on stage Brooklyn community the law is not a friendly thing "The law has not been a friendly idea since the Greeks were beaten" and it is justice which matters the most "justice is very important here". ...read more.

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This is an irony because earlier he called him a homosexual. Catherine will not respect him anymore because it's a disgusting act and not a man would do. Miller has him doing this bestial behaviour with brute force to try to impose his will and also trying to suggest that brute force is the way to solve things. In the 1950 such acts in stage would repel the audience. Marco becomes Eddies Nemesis. Nemesis is an ancient Greek goddess who hunted down wrong dower restlessly and won't settle for half, and was regarded as implacable. Marco in a is implacable because the only for him to buy medicine for his children is by working which he can't do due to the incident that happened earlier. This is similar to "Macbeth" . Mucdaff is implacable because Macbeth has killed his wife and children so he wants to get his own back. Early on in the play makes it clear by making Eddie say "Marco goes round like a man, nobody kids with Marco" This is ironic because later n in the play Eddie is going to kid Marco. Miller also shows that Eddie is strong guy by making Mike say "that older one, the boy is a bull". Miller chooses the bull image because it is a strong fierce animal that represents brute force. ...read more.

Conclusion

The audience see a man who is dead with his wife and her women keening in the background in dull prayers. The idea of dull prayers is Eddie didn't die as a hero instead he dies as a waste. All this puts the audience in the right frame of mind to listen to the epilogue. The epilogue, a traditional feature of a tragedy, delivers the moral to remind the audience. For example in "Romeo and Juliet" the princes message was what hatred would bring to families and in Macbeth, Malcolm says that a good king brigs peace and harmony. In "view from the bridge" the epilogue is that men who are pure in following there code of honour but the code of honour itself was perverse because it doesn't allow those who follow it to "settle for half". However another persons tragedy is entertaining if it doesn't evolve you or if the same thing doesn't happen to you. Miller finishes with an ellipsis followed by the word "alarm". He wants to alarm the audience what would happen if they allowed passion to control them. Miller's point towards the play is to remind people what would happen if countries started behaving like people. There will be massive amounts of lives lost, for example the USA fighting with Iraq. However what happens if a country decides to take the law into there own hands and not "settle for half?" ?? ?? ?? ?? Simon Gesage ...read more.

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