A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller as a Tragedy
A view from the Bridge was written by Arthur Miller in 1955 and set in
the 1950's Brooklyn, New York. Most of this area was inhabited by
immigrants that arrived from countries such as Italy and Sicily,
before the restriction of immigrant's law was passed. Although the law
denies people to migrate to the country. Illegal immigrants will often
be smuggled in from countries like Sicily. The main area is based in
Red Hook. Illegal immigrants come into the country and work on the
dockyards and Sicily at the time was in great poverty and hardship.
The people in this area of red hook are Italian American civilian
citizens that have travelled the Island of Sicily because of the hard
times that they have had. Such things like no cars, no food, no
school, no clean water and no jobs for the poor.
Two such characters are in the play called Rodolfo and Marco, who are
brothers. That has come from such areas of Sicily. Eddie is married to
Beatrice but has sexual feelings for his niece, Catherine and because
of his pride he cannot admit that he is in the wrong. This makes it
difficult for him to take good advice when given. Eventually Eddie
cannot take the thought of losing Catherine to Rodolfo, he phones the
immigration bureau and tells them about Rodolfo and Marco. When the
immigration officers come and take Rodolfo and Marco. Marco realises
that Eddie was the one who told the immigration officers about them
being illegal immigrants. Marco is furious because he knows that he
has no chance of staying in America and provide money for his family
in Sicily. Whereas if Rodolfo marries Catherine he would become an
American citizen. Finally when the day of Catherine?s and Rodolfo?s
wedding day arrives. Eddie and Marco come face to face with each
other. Eddie brings out a knife and lunges towards Marco where he
reverses the knife and stabs Eddie. The inevitable death of the
protagonist takes place.
Arthur Miller in this play uses quite a lot of Aristotelian elements
of tragedy, such as using a ?chorus? to introduce themes and ideas and
inform the audience that the protagonist will have a ?fatal flaw? that
will lead to his downfall because of his hubris pride. It contains
?universal truth? and has to be didactic so the audience can learn
from the play. Aristotle also believed that the audience had to
experience ?Catharsis? meaning that the audience will have a feeling
of extreme emotions which will help keep the audience interested.
Arthur Miller also uses Aristotle's way of ending the play by the
realisation of the protagonist?s mistake and the rightful order and
time is restored.
Although Alfieri has the smallest part in the play, nevertheless he is
very important to introducing the scene atmosphere and the set.
Alfieri is introduced to us by Arthur Miller ?Enters Alfieri a lawyer
in his fifties turning grey; he is portly, good humoured, and
thoughtful.? We get a...