Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge

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Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge

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I have chosen pages 40-42 from the part where Eddie says "You never

seen a fight, did you?" to Marco, in the centre of page 40. This is a

fight scene, in which Eddie "teaches" Rodolfo how to box. He begins by

making fun of Rodolfo's attempt. This then leads to the two lightly

boxing, until Eddie hits Rodolfo hard, so he staggers. At this point

the fight is stopped and Marco uses some intimidation tactics to

frighten Eddie off, away from Rodolfo. Marco does this because he

knows that he is the stronger of the two so if Eddie challenges him to

a fight he will win. He also does this, in a secretive way, to warn

Eddie that if he hurts a member of his family, for instance Rodolfo,

he will have to go through him first. This in a way tells us about his

background because of the strong bond with in a family. This is like

the end of the play, where Marco, protecting Rodolfo's honour and

life, fights with Eddie, to begin with not meaning to, but when Eddie

plunged at him, he had no choice, so killed him in self-defence. This

in itself tells us that he is Italian because of the gangs that he

talks about, earlier on in the play, and the strong bond between him,

his family and Rodolfo.

In this scene the characters have different emotions and feelings

going through their minds.

Eddie, at this point of the play has had enough of Rodolfo's
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