Synopsis[ edit ] The action is narrated by Alfieri who, being raised in s Italy but now working as an American lawyer, represents the "Bridge" between the two cultures. Act 1 — In the opening speech Alfieri describes the violent history of the small Brooklyn community of Red Hook and tells us that the second-generation Sicilians are now more civilized, more American, and are prepared to "settle for half" half measures and let the law handle their disputes. But there are exceptions, and he then begins to narrate the story of Eddie Carbone, an Italian American longshoreman who lives with his wife Beatrice and her orphaned niece Catherine. Eddie is a good man who, although ostensibly protective and fatherly towards Catherine, harbours a growing passion for her as she approaches her 18th birthday.
Maturity and Independence Themes and Colors LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in A View from the Bridge, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Specifically, many aspects of the play raise the question of whether the law is an adequate or ultimate authority on what is right and wrong.
As Eddie grows suspicious of Rodolpho, he asks Alfieri for help, but Alfieri tells him he has no legal recourse as Rodolpho has done nothing illegal. When Eddie finally turns on Rodolpho and Marco, he is behaving legally, and helping the Immigration Bureau enforce the law. But, in doing so, he is also betraying his own family, and in this way not delivering justice.
After Marco is put in prison, he wants his own form of justice through revenge, but Alfieri warns him not to violate the law and appeals to a higher form of justice when he tells Marco that he should leave the question of justice to God. For Marco, the law is in conflict with his idea of natural justice, and so he goes on to stab Eddie.
If Eddie chooses the law over justice in turning Marco and Rodolpho in, Marco chooses his own form of justice over the law in killing Eddie. As these examples suggest, the play can be read as displaying the failures of the law to guarantee real justice. Alfieri describes himself as powerless several times, emphasizing his inability as a man of law to stop the tragic events of the play.
However, those who try to take action on behalf of their own ideas of justice regardless of the law end up causing themselves and others harm. When he has no legal recourse to separate Rodolpho and Catherine, Eddie turns Rodolpho and Marco in, setting off a chain of events that ostracizes him from his family and neighborhood and also leads to his own death.
The play can thus be seen as rather ambivalent about the relationship between justice and the law: Not all that is legal is right, and not all that is illegal is always wrong. How often theme appears:After Eddie, Alfieriis the most important character in the play.
His role is similar to that of the chorus of the Greek tragedies as he narrates, comments, and sometimes participates in the play. Character Analysis. Marco seems like a pretty chilled-out guy for most of the play. We know he's a devoted family man. Ironically, he's so devoted to his wife and kids back in Sicily, that he left them to come to America.
What else was he supposed to do? He has to work. Apparently all they have to eat back in Sicily is water and bones.
How does Arthur Miller create a sense of tension and conflict at the end of Act 1 of 'A View from the Bridge' (from 'it was at this time that he first came to me' to the end of the scene)? Arthur Miller´s reason for the naming of the play "A View from the Bridge". Get the entire A View from the Bridge LitChart as a printable PDF.
"My students can't get enough of your charts and their results have gone through the roof." -Graham S. Read an in-depth analysis of Eddie Carbone. Catherine - The niece of Eddie Carbone and Beatrice. Catherine is a beautiful, smart, young Italian girl who is very popular among the boys in the community.
The Character of Marco in A View from the Bridge After reading Arthur Miller's play "A view from the bridge," I am convinced that the most striking character is Marco.