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a view from the bridge

david fuller

on 29 April 2010

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A View From the Bridge
by Arthur Miller 2. Characters Alfieri: He is an Italo-american lawyer. He is a sort of narrator within the story: he speaks directly to the audience and attems to make clear the greater social and moral implications of the story. Eddie Carbone: A longshoreman who lives with his wife Beatrice, and his niece, Catherine. May be percieed as a "tough" guy who is dominant and chauvinist Catherine: Eddie's and Beatrice's niece. A beautiful and smart young Italian girl
Beatrice: She is a warm, reasonable woman,and has raised Catherine since she was very young. Her character is not profundly devoloped throughout th storyline. Marco: Cousin of Beatrice who lived in Italy and came to the red hook community, to work and make some money (for sending back to his wife and family). He is a hardworking, sympathethic leader.
Rodolpho: other Italian cousin of Beatrice, who goes to the U.S. in a search of oportunities: money, and in the process, the american nationality. He is beliefed to be effeminate due to some unusual behaviours, although he finally merries Catherine. 1. Setting 3. Themes Justice and the law Honour Love Alfieri establishes that justice and the law are going to be important in the play in his opening speech. He sets the story that he is going to tell us in the context of history, both ancient and modern. "In Sicily, from where their fathers came, the law has not been a friendly idea since the Greeks were beaten.."

"I only came here when I was twenty-five. In those days, Al Capone, the greatest Carthaginian of all, was learning his trade on these pavements, and Frankie Yale himself was cut precisely in half by a machine-gun on the corner of Union Street, two blocks away."
Alfieri believes that it is best to "settle for half": it is better to rely on written law as far as possible and accept it even when you are only 'half' satisfied. The written law may not always act in favour of justice, however it is better to follow the law than to take it into your own hands. In the play we see that Eddie betrays Marco and Rodolpho, there is no law to punish Eddie so Marco takes the law into his own hands, the play ends with a fight to death. Alfieri say again his beliefs at the end of the play: "Most of the time now we settle for half and I like it better." Alfieri values the law more than justice, beacause he sees that when people go against the law to assert justice it can lead to conflict and death. The play encourages us to ask what is justice? What makes justice? Eddie and Marco have strong ideas of what is 'just' and are prepared to do almost anything. The characters often mistake their own desires for justice, and they fail to look for a higher principle of justice seperate from their own feelings, this is what leads to conflict. the "Vinny Bolzano" story is an example of Law versus justice Honour is shown to be very important, especially to the male characters. It means far more to them than the law. To be honourable is to be respected. That is why Marco and Eddie are so keen to protect their names. To betray someone is the most dishonourable action imaginable. Love of a family
Beatrice, Eddie and Catherine are first seen as a loving family. Marco loves his family deeply. He has come to America to help them. He misses them a lot.
In the wider sense, Beatrice loves her family in Sicily enough to support her cousins. Family ties are very important.
Father - daughter love
Eddie and Catherine, although uncle and niece, have become more like a father and daughter. Eddie made a lot of sacrifices to provide Catherine with the best education he could. Brotherly love
Marco and Rodolpho have a strong bond - great enough for Marco to lay down his life for his brother's cause.

Romantic / married love
Eddie and Beatrice's marriage is obviously not as strong as it used to be: Beatrice asks, "When am I gonna be a wife again, Eddie?" They have not slept together for months.
Catherine and Rodolpho quickly fall deeply in love. On the other hand, Eddie's love for Catherine has become sexual, even though he refuses to admit it. This is the cause of the friction in his own marriage and the dispute with Rodolpho and Marco.
Love of a place
Rodolpho and Marco love their homeland.
Rodolpho also loves America. Catherine says, "he's crazy for New York."
The play shows us that love is not always beautiful - it is responsible for all the conflict between the characters. It is a deep passion that can create jealousy and cause pain both to the person who loves, the person who is loved and those around them. For Eddie, love also causes conflict within himself when he cannot admit to his illicit love for Catherine.
All of the characters appreciate the benefits of living in the U.S., but still strongly hold to Italian traditions and identify it as home. Italy is the basis of the cultural traditions in Red Hook, and it serves as a touchstone to unite the community, with their own laws and customs
The play is set in New York, in the Red Hook neighborhood where "Italy represents homeland, origin and culture to the citizens of Red Hook"
But, Italy represents different things to the main characters in the play. For example, Catherine associates Italy with mystery, romance and beauty. Rodolfo, on the other hand, is actually from Italy, and thinks it is a place with little opportunity, and a place that he feels justified in escaping from
A presentation by Juan Pablo Acaino David Fuller Mario Pineda
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