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 attrac... ... middle of paper ... ...xcept an apologie that was un necessary. However even in the end Eddie refused to compromise and stop this tragic conclusion to the play. If only Eddie had been a bit cooperative then the play would not have ended like this. The ending was indeed as a direct result of the Key Scene because all the characters become aware of what is going on and what Eddie is trying to do. The play wouldn't have had a tragic end if Eddie hadn't punched Rodolfo in the face while teaching him boxing, then Marco would not have raised the chair over Eddie's head. Leading Eddie to get drunk and calling the Immigration Bureau. Which lead Rodolfo and Marco to get arrested and in revenge Marco stabbed Eddie, killing him. I also agree that this is the key scene because all of Eddie's thoughts and feelings are expressed clearly in this key scene.
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