Symbolism in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge Essay

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In Arthur Miller’s tragic drama, ‘A View from the Bridge’, we see that the bridge itself is a symbol of the linking of two cultures, Italian (namely Sicilian) and American (namely New York), whereby the manifestation of these two cultures dwell in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Despite this, differences between the two are distinctly evident from page 17 to 18, and it is the purpose of this essay to discuss how Miller conveys these differences in the given pages. Miller uses language effectively in this play, his use of dialogue, of which makes up the bulk of the drama is his main tool in conveying the large cultural differentiation between Red Hook and Sicily. We know only of Sicily by the way in which Marco and Rodolpho describe it, similarly we …show more content…
However as students of the play, we can look past this and recognize the aspects of Sicily that are desirable, such as the more unhurried and unstructured (waiting for trains and searching for random employment) Sicilian life laden with sunshine, in contrast to the cumbersome crate lifting in the dingy piers of Red Hook.

Another way in which Miller expresses the difference between Sicily and New York is by employing humour, as well as exaggerated and superfluous language (dialogue). This type of flowery dialogue comes from an equally flowery character- Rodolpho. Rodolpho’s quirky comments, those which are later snickered at by Mike and Louis which lead them to calling him “not right”, give an exaggerated image of how backward and nonsensical Sicily is. Comments like pushing automated taxis, waiting “all day like birds” and the ludicrous statement “in our town horses are for show”, are all examples, and providing the audience takes the character seriously (which I do not) can show a contrast between New York and Sicily. Miller expresses contrasts between the two places more subtly through Marco. On stage, some of Marco’s opinions of his town are seen, not heard, in that they are shown on his face- in the script these are shown to students as stage directions, therefore making them more obvious. “Smiling at the
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