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'View From The Bridge'.

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Introduction

Arthur Miller was born on the 17th October 1915. His parents were both emigrants into the United States of America. The family lived in prosperity due to his father's clothing manufacturing business until it collapsed when the wall street crash struck America in 1931. Arthur paid his own way working as a warehouseman in order to attend Michigan University in 1934. Miller studied both economics and history and yet found time to follow a course of playwriting, which then became his primary ambition. He graduated in 1938. Arthur worked in a shipyard during World War Two where the majority of workers were Italian, Miller made connections with their family concerns which were full of 'Sicilian dramas'. In 1955 'View From The Bridge' was produced and presented in the London Comedy Theatre. Along the way Miller made friends with a lawyer, he told him a story he had heard of a longshoreman who 'ratted' to the emigrant's bureau on two brothers, both family, who were living illegally in his home in order to break the engagement of one of the brothers to his niece, pure jealousy which may have influenced the play. Between 1880 and 1920 four million Italian emigrants travelled the Atlantic Ocean in search of the 'American Dream'. They dreamed of a life that they could never have in Italy. By the beginning of WW1 Italy was losing, 500 000 people per year to emigration. ...read more.

Middle

This, in turn, causes him to act wrongly. The consequences destroy him. After Eddie, Alfieri is probably the most important role in the play. Miller has said that he wanted to make this play a modern equivalent of classical Greek tragedy. In the ancient plays, an essential part was that of the chorus: a group of figures who would watch the action, comment on it, and address the audience directly. In A View from the Bridge, Alfieri is the equivalent of the chorus. He speaks of events in the (recent) past. This is often mixed with comments: "He was as good a man as he had to be...he brought home his pay, and he lived. And toward ten o'clock of that night, after they had eaten, the cousins came". We also trust a lawyer to be a good judge of character and rational. Alfieri is quite involved. His connection with Eddie is casual: "I had represented his father in an accident case some years before, and I was acquainted with the family in a casual way". But in the next speech, Alfieri tells us how he is so disturbed, that he consults a wise old woman, who tells him to pray for Eddie. He repeatedly tells Eddie that he should not interfere, but let Catherine go, "and bless her", that the only legal question is how the brothers entered the country "But I don't think you want to do anything about that". ...read more.

Conclusion

I strongly feel that this ruined all the characters and the uniqueness of the play, it ruined the feeling. I can relate to Beatrice but none of the other characters strangely. Thinking of the characters as real people that I vaguely knew I would never talk to Catherine I cannot relate to na�ve people I see the world as I see it and to me she gives of a weak feeling. I do however believe she has an evil streak I believe she is perfectly aware of Eddies 'crush' and although she wouldn't ever do anything about it I think she loves the idea of experience and to have somebody to love other than friends therefore never pulls away or fails to please him. Rodolfo, I believe is taking advantage of her naivety he wants a quick romance and I'm perfectly adamant that he knows full well that in the near future he will be gone. But things go wrong when he realises how much he feels to Catherine. Its one of those relationships that which goes round in circles, one minute its all great and the next its over! However the impact of Eddie's Death may break the cycle leaving another mystery. Beatrice is the only character who makes sense to me, she is a normal woman, and she has what seems like real feelings, jealousy, love and depression. To conclude conclude, I wouldn't suggest this as an interesting read although the end and all the mysteries left for the reader to consider leaves me feeling rather confused. ...read more.

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