A View from the Bridge Essay

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What does the Bridge in View From The Bridge symbolize? A View From The Bridge is a play written by the American playwright Arthur Miller, a prominent figure in American Theatre, this Greek tragedy adapted drama was written to emphasize on the themes of incestuous love, jealousy and betrayal. In simple geographical terms, the ‘bridge’ in the title of the play is the Brooklyn Bridge, the one that spans the East River, between the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York. The title drew attention to both the subject matter and the structure of the play. The subject matter was the events that took place between Eddie, his family and Beatrice’s illegal immigrant cousins in the Sicilian-American Community of Red Hook. It is a neighborhood …show more content…
Being a drama, the timing, tone, stage directions and contrasting conflicts all help to build tension and allow it to stay constant throughout the play. The timing and the intense tone used help to create links between different parts of the play, whether it is considering a link being formed between Rodolpho’s greed of citizenship and his marriage with Catherine, or Eddie’s Code of Honor being broken and arising towards the American law, when he informs about Beatrice’s illegal cousins. Therefore the ‘Bridge’ in A View From The Bridge is not only a wider perspective of the two contradicting communities but also the small links between each of the characters and acts taking place emerging into bigger clashes and problems and concluding into a heroic tragedy.

How does the character of Eddie develop over the play? A View From The Bridge is a play written by the American playwright Arthur Miller, a prominent figure in American Theatre. Eddie Carbone, the tragic protagonist of this modern Greek tragedy is a “Husky, slightly overweighed longshoreman”. He is constantly self-interested, wanting to promote and protect his innocence. Eddie creates a fictional fantasy world where his irrational decisions make sense—where calling the Immigration Bureau in the middle of an Italian community that prides itself on protecting illegal immigrants has no consequences. In Eddie's world, he imagines protecting Catherine from marriage or any male relationship

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