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View from the Bridge

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How does Miller present Eddie's home and street and place of work in "A view from the bridge"? Comment on the significance of each place What does it mean to Eddie and to Miller? As shown by Miller conveys that The audience are made aware of Suggest Imply A view from the bridge: a kind of metaphorical title - the obvious bridge is the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Italian immigrants had been coming to New York for a long time and they tended to gather in communities as America is a very multi racial cosmopolitan area. Catherine's aspirations are to cross the bridge - to go out, to work, and to go out with her lover Rodolfo. 1) Home: poor and simple but they open it to show their generosity- opportunity to show their loyalty to the Sicilian family. But Eddie says it is his home so he is entitled to his respect - provider, it represents food, clothing, the upbringing - not just the physical home. ...read more.


Pg 11. The idea is that these people are poor - it is a struggle to keep going and they offer shelter to Sicilian relatives and immigrants to get work and send money back to their family. Their willingness to share and Eddie's duty to look after family means hard physical work. The home and the family itself have their tensions, jealousies and loyalties. Beatrice does not work - her place is in the home. Eddie "where, where am I going? This is my house" page 61. Massive change before and after Marco and Rodolfo arrive- before; love, poverty but warmth and humour, cosy, struggle - Eddie = provider - the family with laughter and nurture, welcome and generosity in food, shelter and roof in spite of lack of wealth, loyalty- Catherine looked after and brought up here. After, in Act 2, the home changes to mean respect and his name - "I want my name back!" ...read more.


"you coming bowling tonight Eddie?" they are good friends, hard physical work and mafia links - illegal immigrants come on the ship called "submarines" - they are brought in, own docker's slang, word is associated with the docks and the sea. The labour - you feed and keep your family. Miller creates an impression of the docks as a place of manliness but gives an air of underlying Italian immigrants. We learn that they are called "submarines". Smells of coffee and bananas and spiders when unloading - rough district where Catherine wants to work - Eddie is very protective as it is not a place for women. Plumber's yard around where Catherine wants to work, - "plenty can happen in a block away". Red Hook - build huge ships, all about the docks and hard work - grafting. Eddie gets embarrassed of Rodolfo - he is not manly enough - he sings on the docks! For immigrants the work is easy to get, until the mafia are paid off, then they have to scramble like everyone else. ...read more.

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