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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
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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
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