In this essay I will be discussing a play written by Arthur Miller in
1955 "A View from the Bridge". The play is set in the American 1940's,
just after the Second World War. Located in Red Hook (Brooklyn), a
very poor area, described by Alfieri as, "the slum that faces the bay
on the seaward side of Brooklyn Bridge". It tells the story of two
illegal Sicilian immigrants (Marco and Rodolfo) who managed to migrate
into America, in a time where they restricted any immigration from
entering their golden gates. In search for the American dream, the
immigrants thought that they could earn a decent living and provide
for their family back home. However, deprived from their humanity by
poor labour given by the American government, they were underpaid; on
the other hand it was beneficial to the Americans, boosting their
wealth and economic power. The conditions that they had to endure were
appalling. Living in the cheapest, worst housing in the city and they
were usually confined with many other immigrants in the same house.
Most of Miller's work on the play was experienced by himself. He had
worked as a longshoreman which gave him the opportunity to be friend
with some of the immigrants that worked with him. He deals with
political and moral issues and weaves in ideas from Greek tragedy,
which features individuals who become entangled in a terrible fate.
To begin with, Alfieri conceivably is one of the most important
characters in this play. Alfieri is the symbolic bridge between
American law and tribal laws. Alfieri, an Italian-American, is true to
his ethnic identity. He is a well-educated man who...
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...vanishes as he absorbs his look'. After this scene, the audience is
left shocked, alarmed and they might think that Marco and Eddie will
'continue' this later on the play. It creates a sense of foreboding.
After reading this play, it left me wanting to know what will happen
in the future for the rest of the characters. 'A View from the Bridge'
has truly dealt with issues such as incest, manliness and justice in a
very clear and open-hearted manner. The part where the play mostly
captured my attention was when Eddie finally realizes that letting
Catherine go, so that she could be free was the best thing he could
had ever done. But it was too late, he should've done it a long time
ago, which consequently lost his niece in the end to Rodolfo.
Nevertheless 'blessing her' was the last thing his life should have
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