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A View From The Bridge.

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The A View From The Bridge 'A View From the Bridge' was written by Arthur Miller during the 1950's but was actually set in the '40's when Italy were waging war and currently suffering from a depression. This caused many Italians to immigrate to America and escape their homeland's demise. Many Italians living in the U.S.A felt secluded from the rest of the American society. The government then restricted the amount of migration which resulted in large quantities in illegal immigration from Italy. The play begins with Alfieri, an Italian American lawyer introducing the story of Eddie Carbone. Beatrice, wife of Eddie is informed that her Italian cousins, Marco and Rodolpho will be arriving at their house that night. Eddie and Beatrice plan to hide Marco and Rodolpho while they work in America illegally to send money home. Rodolpho and Marco arrive and soon settle in. After a few weeks, Rodolpho and Catherine, Beatrice's niece become very close much to the dislike of Eddie when he, Eddie is very authoritative towards her and meticulous to almost every move she makes. This is shown during the opening conversation with her. He talks solely about her appearance. He doesn't want her to start work, he doesn't like the dress she wears which is too "revealing" and resents the way she walks calling it "wavy" amongst other things. ...read more.

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More evidence is shown that Eddie dislikes Rodolpho a lot when he makes sarcastic remarks such as "he could make dresses", which again signifies Eddie's personal view on his sexuality. The next scene shows Eddie's inarticulate harangue on his severe disapproval of Rodolpho and Catherine getting close which is followed by the violent tearing up of the newspaper that he had been holding. This suggested the hatred and violence which could've been going through Eddie's mind and reminds us that Eddie Carbone has trouble expressing himself which results in ominous vibes. Eddie then has another attempt at clowning Rodolpho by asking him for a boxing match, Rodolpho is made to feel embarrassed which pleases Eddie as his attempt to making him look small succeeds. Rodolpho is given a few chances to land punches at Eddie but lands soft punches in a friendly manner but Eddie then strikes him back harder which staggers him. Eddie asks if he is all right wiping his mouth with his hand in satisfaction which shows he actually enjoyed hurting him. This scene would show Eddie being very aggressive and would show him trying to make a mockery out of Rodolpho, and the audience would see Eddie looking quite menacing towards him which would display his odium for the man. ...read more.

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He made sure that the amount of tension didn't rise too high at any premature times because he used Beatrice as a buffer to ease the atmosphere each time Eddie was being too provocative or when she could sense him subliminally trying to insult Rodolpho. From the start the audience would be intrigued by both Eddie and Marco and how they would get on or if they would conflict since they both seem responsible for their counterparts (Catherine and Rodolpho). Community is an influential context for the play because it acts as a boundary for the Italian family. If it weren't there Eddie would be more volatile towards Rodolpho seeing as they are not there to neutralize the atmosphere. Eddie considers his reputation for him and his family a highly important factor which is why he is constantly challenging Rodolpho in front of everyone for his niece's best interests. The neighbors witnessed the key moments such as when Marco and Rodolpho arrived, saw Marco spit in Eddie's face and Eddie die by Marco's hand. The tight community around them creates great tension in the Carbone family because they are constantly being watched. This is why the story line is so effective and was written as a play for its effects on the audience/reader. Lucien Joyce A View From The Bridge ...read more.

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