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After reading Arthur Millers play A view from the bridge I am convinced that the most striking character is Marco He is an Italian immigrant that moved illegally to the United States with his brother Rodolpho to work as longshoremen since at the time the play was written in 1955 his country of origin Italy was going through a major economic depression because of the outcome of World War II In the play we are told that Marcos plan is to make enough money to survive and be able to send some of that money to his wife and his three kids back in Italy who are starving Marco physically resembles the Sicilian stereotype with dark skin and dark hair He is also very strong and he could easily load the whole ship by himselfpg541 In this play the author uses plot dialog actions and symbolism to emphasize Marcos honor which in my opinion is his prominent characteristicThroughout the play we can clearly see that the plot helps us develop Marcos character in our imagination For example he is an illegal alien and this might give the reader a less honorable view of him and it might justify Eddies action But the fact that Marco left his family to give them support and to save his oldest son who is sick in the chest pg 535 makes the reader forget about his illegal stay and makes his status rise to the one of a hero In this play Marcos actions lead us to the discovery of a violent side which he uses to defend his honor in a number of occasions For example when he challenges Eddie to lift the chair at the end of the first act we understand that he did it to save his brothers face and his familys honor In addition the killing of Eddie by Marcos own hands at the end of the play is the final display of his
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