Themes of Love in A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller
The Themes of Love, The American dream, Justice and law are all
evident in the play. Show the dramatic impact/effect of these, with
particular reference to Catherine and Eddie.
The play 'A view from the Bridge' is set in New York in Red hook. The
play is based around a close community of Italian-Americans. The
Italian Americans often harvest illegal immigrants from their native
Italy so that they can help them gain wealth in America.
Italy during the 1900's endured from enormous poverty, traditional
people in Italy suffered from starvation, lack of money and
opportunity. Countless of Italians had turned to America, where they
believed that plenty of opportunity, wealth and success existed.
Italian communities in America felt it was their duty to help the
Italians, and would often aid illegal immigrants migrating from Italy.
Harvesting Illegal immigrants was violating the law, so the Italians
lived together were they could trust each other and protect themselves
from the outside world.
The Play persists around a longshoreman called Eddie. Eddie is the man
of the house and is married to Beatrice. The couple have a niece
called Catherine. Catherine is not of blood relation to Eddie,
however, Catherine had been brought by Eddie and Beatrice because
Catherine's mother had died when she was young. Eddie and Beatrice
take Catherine as a daughter and in return, Catherine's relationship
with Beatrice and Eddie is of a parental role.
The family live in Red Hook a community where people are obliged by
certain traditions and laws. These traditions and laws originate from
their native Italy, and being constrained to the code or law would
gain respect and honour within their society. Eddie has learned that
some of Beatrice's cousins are coming over from Italy illegally, he
wants to demonstrate to Catherine how critical it is to keep secrecy
in the community. Eddie and Beatrice recall the story of Vinny Bolzano
a young Italian boy who disobeyed the code, and sacrificed his respect
in the community because he had 'blew the whistle' on an Illegal
immigrant. Tell her about the story of vinnyâ€¦, and how he was
slauatered by his own familyâ€¦. The story of Vinny showed how you can
be punished for infringing the code, the community law was harsh but
was needed to protect there way of life. The code among Italians was
of secrecy, trust and helping family.
Eddie who is 40 has been married to Beatrice for an extensive time.
Eddie has a vital role in the family, he pilots his own laws in to the
family. Eddie must accept high profile decisions. We see this when
Catherine asks for job in a plumbing factory in the Navy yard. Eddie
refuses. No, no you gonna finish school'. Eddie's desire is for
Catherine to achieve a high-status job,...