A View From The Bridge

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A View From The Bridge

“Whatever happened we all done it and don’t you ever forget it.”

The play A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller is set in New York in

the 1950s. During this period of time there were many illegal

immigrants from Eastern Europe moving in to America. This was due to

the depression caused by the Second World War. The depression caused a

lack of work, many people started to migrate to America where there

were many jobs. Due to the mass immigration America started to

restrict the number of people gaining citizenship and made it illegal

to house immigrants.

The story is set around Eddie Carbone, an Italian immigrant who has

citizenship in America. His character is introduced to the reader as a

very nice man. He works on the piers near Brooklyn Bridge as a

longshoreman. You can see that he is hard working, reliable and brings

home his pay to his family. He is a caring person as he agreed to look

after his wife’s sister’s daughter, Catherine. Even though he is an

American he still lives a life influenced by Italian culture. He

agrees to house two Italian Immigrants and helps to find them work.

Being an Italian he has to look after two Italian immigrants, Marco

and Rodolfo. This means he could be breaking the law as an American

citizen. This shows that he is loyal and is caring. He also feels

honoured to house Rodolfo and Marco, telling us that he is generous

and helpful. However after Rodolfo and Marco’s arrival, Eddie’s

behaviour slowly starts to deteriorate. There are many reasons for his

sudden change which finally lead up to his death.

Beatrice, Eddie’s wife plays a major role in Eddie’s downfall. In the

fifties the man of the house had the power. Beatrice however


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on the waterfront. (He has been unconsciously twisting he newspaper in

to a tight roll. They are all regarding him now; he senses he is

exposing the issue and he is driven on)…”The reader can tell what’s

going through his mind however the characters can’t. Eddie also acted

to drastically by reporting Marco and Rodolfo immigration. He could

have resolved the matter calmly.

In conclusion I think everyone was to blame for Eddie’s downfall. Each

person contributed to his actions and each character disrespected him.

However I think that Eddie was the main person to blame. He didn’t

know the boundaries between him and Catherine. He also should have

accepted that Catherine was in love with Rodolfo and not him. I also

think that Eddie was unfair, he expected everyone else to live by

Italian rules however he himself did not obey them by betraying his

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