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A View
from the
Bridge

Profile
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…

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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…

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worked alongside. 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…

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Genre
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…

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the apartment spills out into the public arena. 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.…

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is influenced by this perception of manliness. These ideas definitely fuel his
suspicion of Rodolfo.




Plot
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.…

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Complication

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…

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Conclusion

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.




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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…

Comments

Paul Dutton


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

JoeD2016

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

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