"A View From The Bridge" By Arthur Miller

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Arthur Miller, the author of "A View from the Bridge" wrote the play in the 1950's after working in a Brooklyn shipyard. He was familiar with the immigrant as both his parents were immigrants to the United States. This may have been the inspiration to write "A View from the Bridge" but nonetheless he had a good knowledge of the immigrant society and therefore makes this book very historically accurate and real. Arthur miller knew what he was writing about and may have based the play on some of his experiences. As I analyzed his biography when he worked on a Brooklyn shipyard in the 1940's he worked with members of the Italian or Sicilian community and so had great and useful knowledge of their way of life. I feel that the success of any play would depend very much on how the audience is affected by what is presented on stage. How the playwrite brings the themes to the audience is an important factor in the enjoyment of a drama. In this instance I personally feel that the drama "a view from the bridge" is successful on many levels. For starters, in the beginning the introduction does a fantastic dual job at grasping the attention of the audience and providing a background of the scenes that follow. The audience knows from that speech everything about Alfieri and about the community in Red Hook. Justice is very important to the Italians. This brings out a clue as it gives a hint to the audience of what to expect. The community is the 'gullet of New York´, which is 'swallowing the tonnage of the world.´, this sentence is quite ironic since Red Hook is a fishing town and tonnage is another word for cargo. Alfieri speaks as though Red Hook has swallowed up all the complications of the world and is now reduced to a slum. This creates a vivid mental picture and therefore invents the ideal environment for tragic coming up.At the start of the play, we see that Eddie has taken a very fatherly role towards Catherine and is very protective of her, Therefore his disagreeing towards letting her start work. Catherine and Eddie's relationship during the play changes in small ways as the play progresses. Eddie's over protectiveness and Catherine realizing there are other men, through to her hatred of Eddie and finally Catherine being reconciled to Eddie as she and Beatrice hold the dying Eddie in their arms. There are many more factors that have an effect on their relationship such as Eddie's bossiness, protective and Catherine's love for Rodolfo.Eddie Carbone is then introduced as a 'slightly overweight longshoreman´ and we see straight away that he is a commanding character when Catherine appears and waits on him in an affectionate way. Their relationship is a rather strange one because of her mother's death is living with her Aunt Beatrice and her husband, Eddie. Eddie has taken upon himself to be a father to Catherine and to give her the very best in life. Therefore, because of his 'fatherly´ affections Eddie and Catherine have...

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