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A View From The Bridge Essay

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Critical Essay – ‘A View from the Bridge’ By Arthur Miller
Choose a play which has a key scene.
‘A View from the Bridge’ by Arthur Miller is an intriguing and clever play in which there is a key scene where Eddie Carbone, the main character, phones the immigration Bureau on illegal immigrants. The play is set in the slums of Brooklyn, and focuses on an Italian American community who are extremely loyal to one another. Eddie lives with his wife, Beatrice, and their orphaned niece Catherine. Eddie is a loving, family man at the opening of the play, but it quickly becomes apparent, to the other characters and the audience, that he has “too much love” for his niece. The play ...view middle of the document...

Eddie feels as though the only way he can do this is by making the cousins leave the country. All the events after this ultimately lead to the tragic ending and Eddie’s death.

At the beginning of the play, before the key scene, Eddie’s romantic attachment towards Catherine is suggested when he compliments her appearance. Catherine has dressed in a new skirt and has done her hair up in a new style. Eddie walks into the house, studies her and then states, “Beautiful. Turn around, lemme see in the back.” Eddie’s love interest for Catherine is instantly apparent, and he gives the audience the impression that there is a relationship between him and Catherine. “Beautiful” suggests that Eddie is attracted to her and that he approves of her new look. Eddie then goes on to say “i think it’s too short, ain’t it”. His protectiveness over Catherine is first revealed at this point in the play. Eddie is proud of her looks, yet concerned that she might attract the attention of other men. At the start of the play he can control his emotions, but as the play progresses his strong feelings towards Catherine become a lot more visible, leading him to the key scene and to him phoning the...

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