A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller

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A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller

Miller intends to portray Marco as both innocent and guilty to the

audience. For example, Miller displays his blamelessness by describing

him as a family man, who has "three children" and "trusts his wife".

He has responsibility for his family, so he has come to America as an

illegal immigrant to provide food for them, because if he stays in

Sicily "they will never grow up". He has immigrated to America because

his offspring are suffering from illnesses and need medicine. For

example his "older one is sick in his chest". He is committed to

providing the money, and he intends to "work hard", "all day, all

night".

Another point that proves Marco is a caring man is that he has taken

responsibility for his younger brother, Rodolfo, and he also treats

Eddie politely and calmly. An example of this is shown when Rodolfo

starts to sing and Eddie tells him to stop. Marco says calmly, "Yes,

yes, you will be quiet Rodolfo". Rodolfo also supports this view of

Marco by saying, "Marco never hurt anybody". A man with such a

peaceful personality and sense of responsibility wouldn't commit a

crime like this for no reason, would he?

On the other hand Arthur Miller shows Marco's guilt when he says, "Can

you lift this chair?" He is challenging Eddie; but in reality he is

saying that he is stronger than him, and presenting to him that he is

the man of the house. His guilt is also demonstrated when Eddie says

"I took the blankets off my bed for yiz". Miller uses this to

illustrate that Marco doesn't care about Eddie even though Eddie kept

him in his house, and gave him food and a place to sleep. When Rodolfo
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...into Eddie's chest,

Miller intends to show that Marco is responsible, but he also suggests

it's Eddie's fault because he pulled out "a knife into his hand"

initially.

Eddies guilt is demonstrated in stage directions when Miller writes

"He lunges to Marco", which shows that he started the fight. However,

when he springs a knife into his hands", he scares Marco, who then

kills him without thinking because he is frightened.

A speech that proves Eddie's guilt is when he says "Yeah Marco, Eddie

Carbone, Eddie Carbone, Eddie Carbone." He replies to Marco in an

offensive way, this results in him being killed, and he is to blame

for his own death.

Miller has written this play in a complex way to prove that Marco and

Eddie are both partially guilty, because there is proof of innocence

and guilt for each character.
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