Why Marco And Rodolfo Came To America In A View From The Bridge By Arthur Miller

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Why Marco and Rodolfo Came to America in A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller

The play A view from the bridge the author, Arthur Miller, is
presented to the audience as a tragedy but not a classical, a new,
modern tragedy. I still employs the elements well known to classical
tragedies but then it is set in the docks of America where illegal
immigrants are not uncommon to be hiding. There are many cultural
issues surrounding the play and the modern tragedy genre like the way
that different cultures treat justice; in America there are laws and
anyone who breaks them goes to jail but these laws are not always good
enough as Alfieri says on Eddie's first visit to him "the law is very
specific", it does not deal with every situation; The Sicilians treat
justice by taking the law into their own hands and getting even in
their own way. The Sicilians arrived in America in the first place to
search for the 'American Dream' of a job, money, welcome and hope for
the people left behind back home. The genre of modern tragedy uses a
protagonist, like classical tragedies, in the form of Eddie. Miller
uses him to focus on the frailty of human nature, how humans often do
not know their own feelings so cannot see what they are doing wrong:
Eddie, when told by Alfieri "she wants to get married, Eddie. She
can't marry you, can she?", his answer of "What're you talkin' about,
marry me! I don't know what the hell you're talkin' about" is
indignant and the audience sees that Alfieri has noticed what Eddie
just does not see about himself.

The tragic elements used to make A View from the Bridge into a modern
tragedy are taken from the old Greek classical tragedies; there is a
protagonist who has a tragic flaw led by temptation followed by a
downfall; a catalyst inevitably influences the outcome of the play;
there is a chorus who makes comments throughout the play, warning the
audience of future happenings; the protagonist has predestination
throughout the play; the drama contains a violent element; the
audience become involved in the drama as if they are really there;
after the action, the audience experiences catharsis preceding calm
being restored into oneself. Miller also uses tragic themes to
accompany the tragic elements already used in the play. These themes
are love, loyalty, betrayal, honour, revenge, jealousy and death and
through them is displayed the two cultures; one which used to be
Sicilian but has been moulded over time conforming more to the
American way of life but still rooted with Sicilian beliefs; the other
being completely Sicilian.

Marco and Rodolfo mainly come to America to avoid the depression which
was leaving many people without jobs, money or food. The time in which
the play was set, a depression was upon Italy, the land in the south
and Sicily was so unproductive...

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