revsion booklet on A view from the bridge

this booklet has information on themes, character, motifs,m foreshadowing and other important aspects of the play. please look at the character map as this will help for revsion as well.

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A View
from the
Title: A View from the Bridge Genre: Modern Drama
Author: Arthur Miller Language: English
Type of Work: Play Narrator: Alfieri

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Tense: Alfieri narrates the play in the present and describes the events in the
past tense. The action occurred sometime before the present
Time and Place written: 1950's, United States
Protagonists: Eddie Carbone
Setting: 1940-1960 Brooklyn, New York
Major Conflict: Eddie Carbone and his wife Beatrice house illegal immigrant
cousins from Italy.…read more

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The Title
Many critics say that Arthur Miller was referencing just this view when he titled
his 1950s drama, A View from the Bridge. Of course, no one in the play ever goes
to the bridge, which is so close their Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook. In fact,
the bridge is barely even mentioned. So, what are the critics talking about? By
far the most popular theory is that the title refers to how Arthur Miller wanted
audiences to view the play.…read more

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He heard a story of some men coming over to work illegally and
being betrayed. The story inspired A View from the Bridge, which was written in
1955. It was originally a one-act play, but Miller re-worked it into a two-act play
the following year.
Miller died in 2005 at the age of 89. Today, he is regarded as one of the greatest
dramatists of the 20th century.
Italian Immigration
Italy in 1955 was a very poor country.…read more

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Drama; Family Drama; Tragedy
It's a drama because it's a play, a piece of literature that's never fully realized
until it's put on stage in front of an audience. On the micro level, it's a family
drama, for pretty self-explanatory reasons. It's a drama about a family. When
the conflicts of the family spill out into the whole community, the play is elevated
to another level all together. It becomes a tragedy. However, unlike Greek and
Shakespearean tragedies, it's not about royalty.…read more

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It allows for a space where we can
see the community affected by Eddie's mistakes, such as when the Italian's are
arrested or when Eddie and Marco duel.
In his very first monologue, Alfieri gives us a broader outlook on our setting. He
says, "this is Red Hook [...] this is the slum that faces the bay on the seaward side
of Brooklyn Bridge. This is the gullet of New York swallowing the tonnage of the
world" (1.1).…read more

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These ideas definitely fuel his
suspicion of Rodolfo.
Initial Situation
Eddie is a little overprotective of Catherine. Beatrice's illegal immigrant
cousins arrive from Sicily.
All seems well in the Carbone household. Eddie isn't particularly happy about his
niece, Catherine, getting a job. He chills out about it, though. All it takes is some
big doe eyes from Catherine and some tough talk from Beatrice, his wife. We also
meet Beatrice's Sicilian cousins, Marco and Rodolfo.…read more

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Eddie goes to the lawyer, Alfieri.
Eddie tries every argument he can think to convince Catherine that Rodolfo is no
good: He's not a working man! He's just wants to marry you to become an
American! When Catherine doesn't buy it, Eddie takes his first solid action in the
play and meets with a lawyer, Alfieri. He hopes that there's something the law can
do to stop the relationship. There isn't.
Eddie forces a kiss on Catherine and Rodolfo.…read more

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Alfieri sums it all up with a lovely little monologue.
Miller concludes the play with speech by Alfieri. Read it carefully. If you didn't
pick on the major themes of the play along the way, Miller pretty much tells you
what it all meant.…read more

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Narrator's Point of View
First Person Peripheral Narrator
Alfieri tells us the story of Eddie Carbone. We say he's peripheral because he
rarely affects the action of the play. Eddie goes to him for help, but Alfieri can't
do anything for him. When Alfieri advises Eddie to give up him his quest, Eddie
ignores him. Of course, Alfieri does do one thing that causes all kinds of problems.
He bails Marco and Rodolfo out of jail, which leads to Eddie's death.…read more


Paul Dutton

An amazingly thorough revision document which looks at themes and character in great detail.


A great resource but comic sans...... Really xD

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