A View From the Bridge Detailed Analysis

An extremely detailed analysis of Aurthur Miller's A View From the Bridge, including themes, audiecen/purpose, stylistic devices, structure, and summary of each episode of both acts of the play.

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Prologue
Audience/ Purpose:
Various audiences were targeted for this play; such as people interested in history and
that specific time period (the 1950's). Adults and others mature enough to understand the
themes of the play (Love and Jealousy, Masculinity, Law vs. Justice, the American Dream) and
understand the tragedy of…

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from where their fathers came, the law has not been a friendly idea since the Greeks were
beaten."




Episode 1
Audience/ Purpose:
This first episode introduces the setting, the main characters, Eddie, Beatrice and
Catherine, and starts off the story. Readers learn about the relationship between them; how
Eddie is…

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A tense atmosphere is created by the threatening tone, the unusual relationships
between the three characters and especially the frequent arguments started by Eddie, "Now
don't aggravate me Katie, you are walkin' wavy!" Readers can already see a flaw in his
character.
There is also a lighter and happier tone…

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Summary: Marco and Rodolpho arrive at Eddie's apartment and introduce themselves. They
recount their hardships in Italy, and explain their plans for the future. They are both warmly
welcomed. Readers already see Eddie gain some suspicion about Rodolpho's character
which is also driven by jealousy because he can see that…

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Rodolpho. This episode starts building tension in the story. They learn more about the feelings all
the characters have towards each other.


Content/Theme:
Themes in this scene:
Love: Rodolpho and Catherine are in love "CATHERINE, with a blush but
holding her ground: Yeah, I like him." Eddie tries to show…

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Structure:
It has a play script structure, with stage directions and dialogue.
The scene begins with Eddie waiting for Catherine to get back from her date, continues
with the arguments between them and end after the pep-talk from Beatrice.



Episode 4
Audience/ Purpose:
This episode develops Eddie's character by showing…

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"ALFIERI; Well, they entered illegally. EDDIE: Oh, Jesus, no, I wouldn't do nothin' about that." This is
an extremely ironic quote, and is now definitely foreshadowing what will happen.


Structure:
It has a play script structure, with stage directions and dialogue.
The scene begins with Eddie waiting for Catherine to…

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of being in America. He is also jealous that Rodolpho gets to have a good time while Eddie has to work to
support the family. Fooling around was referring to the way Rodolpho acts towards Catherine. Eddie still
thinks Rodolpho is taking advantage of her.


Structure:
It has a play…

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Tone/Mood:
At this point, readers are relieved that the couple is finally making decisions against Eddie
and disregarding his unreasonable wishes.
A heartwarming atmosphere is created by the display of love between Catherine and
Rodolpho and how together they go against Eddie who is keeping them apart.
Readers as well…

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regretful tone also shows readers that there is a certain unhappy ending to
the story. By the end of the scene one can immediately expect something
serious happening in the next scenes and foreshadow Eddie's fate by the end
of the play. "You won't have a friend in the world…

Comments

Paul Dutton


A superb resource which covers many aspects of the play including character, theme and structure.

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SLAHUDDIN Waris

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