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A View from the Bridge was written by Arthur Miller who wanted to create an Italian- American based character, after working on the docks of Brooklyn, New York with characters such as Eddie Carbone. Miller saw a mass exploitation by employers of the immigrants, who would work day and night to earn their right to be an American citizen. America was globally reputed for its freedom and opportunity and was flooded with immigrants in the 1890s, however, by the 1950s the United States' immigration laws became a lot stricter and many were forced to smuggle themselves in to the country.
Eddie Carbone is a pleasant character at the beginning of the play, hopwever, when Beatrices to illegally immigrated cousins arrive at their home, the blossoming relationship bewtween Rodolfo and Catherine causes Eddie's heroic character to be seriously questioned.Eddie and Beatrice are a happily married couple, however the tension between the two of them reaches a crescendo at one point in the play, where for no obvious reason, Eddie is having issues with Catherine's relationship with Rodolfo, who Eddie assumes is homosexual.
As an audience you begin to interpret Miller's hints that Eddie's once fatherly figure has developed into a feeling of lust or attraction. This does not go unoticed by others, especially Beatrice, who is constantly trying to make Catherine less dependent of Eddie.
Arthur Miller uses a two act structure to enable the audience to compare Eddie's good and rather sinister behaviour, and also, Alfieri. Alfieri is not only the family lawyer, but also Miller has cleverly used the character to play the narrator.
I would strongly reccomend this book, it is very interesting and usually has an introduction to the play, (depending on which copy), and is not long-winded and very enjoyable.