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Analysis

Literary Devices in A View from the Bridge

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

In the first scene of the play, we get a symbolic conflict over Catherine's burgeoning sexuality. She has recently given herself a bit of a makeover. We don't get before-and-after shots like on all...

Setting

First, let's take a look at the actual set on stage. Most of the action takes place in the apartment of the Carbones. Stage directions tell us that, while it's pretty bare, it's still clean and hom...

Narrator Point of View

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...

Genre

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-explana...

Tone

Miller never seems biased towards one character or another. He doesn't judge them. They're all human. Even if they make bad decisions, he writes them with the same even-handed style. Don't get us w...

Writing Style

We say colloquial because most of the play is written in dialect. The characters talk like Brooklynites would've spoken in the 1950s. The dialect is probably pretty accurate too, since Miller lived...

What's Up With the Title?

Imagine you're standing on the Brooklyn Bridge. A strong breeze rushes up from the East River down below. The wind slams into your face, bringing the smell of the river, the ocean beyond it, and pr...

What's Up With the Ending?

OK, so the play ends with Eddie being stabbed by his own knife. Significant? Incredibly symbolic? We think so. Let's analyze: Who is the cause of all of Eddie's problems? Who is the one so obsessed...

Plot Analysis

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, Cathe...

Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis: Tragedy

Eddie loves his niece, Catherine, way too much. At first it seems like it'll be alright. Eddie agrees to let his niece go to work. Catherine's future isn't shaping up to be exactly what Eddie wante...

Three Act Plot Analysis

Eddie has just a little "too much love" for his niece, Catherine. Two of his wife's illegal immigrant cousins, Marco and Rodolpho, come to stay. When Catherine starts dating Rodolpho, Eddie swears...

Trivia

Arthur Miller divorced his wife of more than ten years for Marilyn Monroe. (Source)The French film version, Vu du Pont, ends with Eddie killing himself. Miller actually wrote a version of the play...

Steaminess Rating

A View from the Bridge gets an R rating mostly for implied sexual desire, but what's implied is for mature audiences only. You've got incest, rape, and impotence hiding out just beneath the charact...

Allusions

Al Capone (1.1)Carthaginian (1.1)Frankie Yale (1.1)Julius Caesar (1.1)Greta Garbo (1.317)
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