A View from the Bridge Essay

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A View from the Bridge




The first scene begins with a fight. Obviously this introduction is indicative of some
kind of intense emotion to follow. An aura of passionate emotions continues to surface
throughout the play. The mood is set immediately. The audience knows that whatever is to
come will be fiery and fervent. Ironically, the opening scene is the climax itself. By
using this structure, the author gets right to the point that Eddie Carbone is a
self-destructive character without restraint or self-control. His peers, the longshoremen,
try to discourage him from fighting, but none approach him physically. By keeping a safe
distance, they yield to his unbridled temper. Eddie is not a man who spends a lot of time
with self-reflection. He is a intransigent character that contrasts well against the other
characters’ flexibility and compliance. He encompasses the typical stubborn (and somewhat
self-righteous ) facet of the entire human race. All people interpret society and
community through their own subjective eyes; therefore, filtering out the parts and people
that do not fit their idea of the norm. Eddie is the common man, not the self-made man or
even the desperate fledgling. He is a typical lower-middle class citizen just calling it
like he sees it. Unfortunately, he only accepts what he wants to, instead of what could
benefit him the most: an open mind.

Brooklyn during the 1950’s was a conglomerate of blue and white collar workers. The social
strata are represented by Alfieri (white-collar) and Eddie (blue-collar.) Their costumes
are authentic and detailed. Alfieri enters wearing a three-piece suit, typical of
attorneys. He reveals his gold pocket watch and tips his classy fedora. He is an
intelligent man who earns the trust of the audience with his debonair attire. His
observations are objective and honest when he tells Eddie he has “too much love for the
niece.” He is the embodiment of justice and reason. Eddie, on the other hand, exemplifies
the part of an uneducated (and perhaps reckless) blue-collar worker. His pants are stained
from a hard days work. His shirt is wrinkled and torn. Judging by his apparel, he does not
intend to impress anyone with his intelligence. He looks every bit the part of a
streetwise guy, who settles issues by his own rules or with the knife on his belt.
Immigrants were mostly blue-collar workers, as well. Marco and Rudolpho wore jackets
apparently torn en route to the United States. These jackets convey their determination
and endurance to reach the land of milk and honey. Their costumes also illustrate the
desolate conditions from which they came. These costumes, although subtle, played a key
role in non-verbal communication with the audience.

The acoustics set the mood in may parts of the play. For instance, when Eddie and Marco
try to lift the chair, the rigid sounds suggest the level of tension between the two.
Aside from background sounds and music, tone and volume entails what is behind Eddie’s
dubious comments. When Eddie teaches Rudolpho to box, he presents himself in a seemingly
harmless and playful manner. However, when Catherine comforts Rudolpho after Eddie punches
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