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A View From The Bridge By Arthur Miller

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A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller

INTRODUCTION

In this essay I will be exploring the Key Scene from 'A View From The
Bridge', written by Arthur Miller and I will be expressing my thoughts
on the importance of this scene to the play as a whole.

In 1921 and 1924 the American Government passed laws which severely
restricted immigration, and which made it particularly difficult for
people from the south and east of Europe to enter the country. However
the Depression of the 1930's and the Second World War brought
hardships, but the differences in standards of living between America
and Italy meant many Italians despite all the dangers will still
migrate to America. Italians main reason for migration was that
America offered opportunities through work, for them to gain
prosperity which they could never achieve in their native land.

The story 'A View From The Bridge', is set in the 1940's in Red hook
Brooklyn, New York. Red Hook was a really violent place; if people had
problems with other people they took matters into their own hands,
instead of taking it to the law or Police. Some people in communities
also became "Stool Pigeons". Meaning people became police informers
and got their own relatives deported back to Italy. If someone decided
to become a Stool Pigeon and grass on their own people, that person
was ostracized.

This story is about a man called Eddie Carbone who is an Italian
Longshoreman working on the New York Docks in the 1940's. When his
wife's cousins, Marco and Rodolfo seek refuge as illegal immigrants
from Sicily, Eddie agrees to shelter them. Trouble begins when his
wife's niece, Catherine is attracted to Marco's glamorous young
brother Rodolfo. Eddie's baffled jealousy culminates in an
unforgivable crime against his family and the Sicilian Community. This
story contains love, hatred, violence, survival, ambitions and family
relations.

Arthur Miller became interested in writing this story after a young
lawyer friend of Miller's 'mentioned a story he'd recently heard of. A
longshoreman who had ratted to immigration Bureau on two brothers, his
own relatives, who were living illegally in his very home, in order to
break an engagement between one of them and his niece'. That is what
inspired Miller to write this story 'A View From The Bridge.'

In the Carbone family before the arrival of Beatrice's cousins, Eddie
is kind, loving, hospitable, loyal and decent. Eddie has a fatherly
relationship with Catherine and he want Catherine to be aware of what
is going around her. Beatrice and Eddie have a loving relationship in
between them. The family at this point compromises with each other.

SECTION NO: 2

The Key Scene starts with all the characters in the Dinning room,
having an after dinner family conversation. The arguments start off
and the...

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