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Exploring The Themes Of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge

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Exploring the Themes of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge East of Staten Island is Brooklyn, the second largest borough and the
most populous. As a freestanding city Brooklyn, with its 1990
population of 2,300,664, would rank as the fourth largest city in the
United States. Poised at the western edge of Long Island, Brooklyn is
a sprawling patchwork of industrial sites and shipyards (Red Hook),
blighted ghettos (Bedford-Stuyvesant and Williamsburg), and quiet,
well-preserved neighborhoods (Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Cobble
Hill, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens). Back in the 1950's when 'A View
From The Bridge' was set it wasn't much different apart from being a
lot poorer. But compared to the lives of those living in Italy at the
time, Brooklyn was a haven of bright lights, money and beautiful
women. Many immigrants, most illegal, would go over to America from
Italy to find work in order to send money back to Italy to help feed
their families. The illegal immigrants would be shipped from Italy by
the mafia who would then find them work but take a large portion of
their in payment; after which the immigrants would be forced to
survive on their own. However many immigrants had arrangements made
for them by their families who had already settled in America before
the immigration laws were brought in.

There are many themes contained in the theatrical drama of 'A view
form the bridge'. There are also some ideas that add to the drama of
the play, which helps to keep the audience in suspense. The ideas of
manliness, hostility and aggression are connected in this play as they
all relate to the character Eddie Carbone. Eddie is the plays
protagonist and has a very particular view of what it means to be a
man. He tends to pick out the looks and qualities of a person rather
than his or her personalities. The ideas of manliness, hostility and
aggression cause conflicts throughout the play and often lead to
pivotal moments and are therefore very symbolic and sometimes
prophetic.

Eddie is a simple person who in some ways is a victim of
circumstances, but yet he also contributes to his own downfall in a
number of ways, not least because of his beliefs of what it means to
be a man and what role a man has in the world. Much of the way Eddie
is results from his Sicilian background, he sees himself in the
traditional role of the male breadwinner and is only secure when he is
at the head of the household and is getting his own way. Eddie's
beliefs lead to him demanding authority and respect from the other
characters in the play. At first this is not seen as a threat as
Beatrice (Eddie's wife) and...

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