Essay on A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller
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A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller
Miller intends to portray Marco as both innocent and guilty to the audience. For example, Miller displays his blamelessness by describing him as a family man, who has "three children" and "trusts his wife". He has responsibility for his family, so he has come to America as an illegal immigrant to provide food for them, because if he stays in Sicily "they will never grow up". He has immigrated to America because his offspring are suffering from illnesses and need medicine. For example his "older one is sick in his chest". He is committed to providing the money, and he intends to "work hard", "all day, all night".
Another point that proves Marco is a…show more content…
This also proves that he is responsible.
Alfieri says," He was as good a man as he had to be in life that was hard and even". Miller uses this to present to the audience that Eddie is a pleasant and law abiding person. Marco's guilt can also be explained when Marco turns "the blade inward" and presses "it home". This shows the audience that he killed, so it could be said that he is a cold blooded murderer and it was always his intention to kill Eddie, intimated earlier when he warns Eddie by lifting the chair over his head.
In the opening stage directions of the play, it is clear that the detail Miller writes is not accidental. There is "a portable phonograph" in the scene, which confirm Marco's guilt, because later on in the play Eddie is disgusted by seeing Catherine and Rodolfo dancing. This forces Marco to challenge Eddie to see if he can lift the chair. This proves Marco is stronger, and this event is the impetus for the eventual tragedy at the end of the play.
Also the "bedroom door" at the back of the stage is crucial, because this is where Rodolfo and Catherine have sex. This is significant because it leads to Eddie telling Rodolfo to get out of the house. This shows Eddie is in the wrong, because he is jealous that they are involved in a physical relationship. It proves that Marco is not to blame because Eddie is treating Rodolfo very badly, kissing him in
Essay on Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge
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Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge
Manliness, Hostility and Aggression are all important in "A view from the bridge" where Eddie Carbone plays the main character he is a longshoreman working on the Brooklyn docks in New York.
He tries to keep his status as "the man" in his household. He is very hostile towards Rodolfo because he thinks he is a homosexual. Marco knows Eddie feels this way about Rodolfo and is unhappy that Eddie feels this way about a member of his family. This creates aggression from Marco throughout the play and results in various conflicts between himself and Eddie in which Marco demonstrates his masculinity over Eddie this makes Eddie feel threatened and insecure.
Eddie has many different things that…show more content…
Marco challenges Eddie to lift a chair by the bottom of the leg. Eddie fails. Marco succeeds and holds the chair above Eddie's head as if he was going to hit him with it. This moment of tension between them shows Marco's hostility towards Eddie and is a warning to Eddie for him to leave Rodolfo alone.
Eddie does not approve of Rodolfo and Catherine's relationship because he does not think Rodolfo is manly enough. Eddie thinks and says "the guy ain't right" and "the guy is no good" he says these things when he is talking to Alfieri. Eddie asks Alfieri what he can do to stop
Rodolfo and Catherine getting married but when Alfieri tells him there is nothing he can do Eddie has to resort to calling the immigration bureau. This shows how threatened he feels by Marco and Rodolfo. The longshoremen and Eddie discuss Rodolfo and give him names such as" paper doll " because that is the name of the song he sings and the longshore men think he sounds like a woman.
Marco conforms to Eddie's theory of what it means to be manly by the way he works hard and looks after his family and is quite similar to
Eddie. Also when Eddie says "no-one fools Marco this gives the impression that Marco is well accomplished at dealing with complicated situations and no-one is going to mess him around. Also at the end of act one Marco challenges Eddie to lift