A View From The Bridge Arthur Miller

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Arthur Miller was born in Harlem in 1915, which was then a mixed racial, middle class area. His family were Jewish immigrants from Austria. The family moved to Brooklyn where the play is set. Through which they battled the Wall Street crash and depression. After school Miller started work with his father but decided it was not for him and to find another job. This was made tough for Miller as he was discriminated against for being a Jew. Through this prejudice both his social and political views were built upon. These views are key themes in his works, especially social prejudice. Miller has an English major at university of Michigan after that he joined the Federal theatre and then the Brooklyn navy yard. Throughout this time, Miller carried on writing plays. He realised a series of radio plays. Miller released his theatre debut in 1944.Miller wrote two versions of ‘A view from the bridge.’ The first, produced in New York in 1955, was a one act play. The play was related to the Greek tragedy. Greek tragedies normally contain conflict between a character and a higher power, for example the law, fate, society or gods. The first play was based on a story that Miller heard whilst working at the docks. He decided that it would make a good basis for a play and to base it on a Greek tragedy. After writing the first play Miller decided to extend it into a two act play. He also modernised and made it more American, therefore making it more relatable to the audience. He also extended the role of women in the play, making the play have more depth and understanding to the character’s actions and thoughts.A view from the bridge is set in Brooklyn, where Eddie Cabinet lives with his wife Beatrice, and her niece, Catherine. Marco and Rodolfo, Beatrice’s cousins, immigrate to America from Italy, to work on the docks and live with them. Eddie is annoyed at the relationship forming between Rodolpho and Catherine and tries to prevent them from continuing the relationship. Eddie Visits Alfieri, an Italian lawyer, to see if he could deport Rodolpho back to Italy.Alfieri is a key character in a view form the bridge. He is a narrator, commentator and a character. Alfieri’s character is an Italian lawyer who moved to America when he was young ‘I only came here when I was twenty five.’ He is respected by both American and Italians. This means he has no prejudice between the two nationalities. It also implies that Alfieri has empathy for the Italians, and can understand their situation. Alfieri ‘can only deal in what’s provable.’ His job is to enforce law boundaries, nor create loop holes for people to manipulate the law. Alfieri also remains objective throughout the play. In his opening statement it is clear, to the audience, that ‘justice is very important’ to him. Justice is important as it...

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