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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 caring man is that he has taken
responsibility for his younger brother, Rodolfo, and he also treats
Eddie politely and calmly. An example of this is shown when Rodolfo
starts to sing and Eddie tells him to stop. Marco says calmly, "Yes,
yes, you will be quiet Rodolfo". Rodolfo also supports this view of
Marco by saying, "Marco never hurt anybody". A man with such a
peaceful personality and sense of responsibility wouldn't commit a
crime like this for no reason, would he?

On the other hand Arthur Miller shows Marco's guilt when he says, "Can
you lift this chair?" He is challenging Eddie; but in reality he is
saying that he is stronger than him, and presenting to him that he is
the man of the house. His guilt is also demonstrated when Eddie says
"I took the blankets off my bed for yiz". Miller uses this to
illustrate that Marco doesn't care about Eddie even though Eddie kept
him in his house, and gave him food and a place to sleep. When Rodolfo
says, "Marco is coming", the audience are led to believe that Marco
has deliberately come to attack Eddie. 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
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