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
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"
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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