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A View From the Bridge The whole of this play involves symbolism on many different levels The end scene in which Eddie takes his own life with his own knife is symbolic of the self-destructive nature that led to such an ending As Arthur Miller wished to write a modern Greek tragedy it is likely that the symbolism of the dagger is Eddies sexuality which drove him to his drastic actions and eventually death During the confrontation earlier in the play Marco raised a chair like a weapon symbolic of the fight yet to come Rudolpho danced with Catherine when she had previously been attending to Eddie symbolic of him taking her from Eddies life Therefore it seems natural to reason that Miller intended the title of the play to have some significance other than the geography of the location The most obvious interpretation is of the audience sharing with Alfieri an unbiased overview of the unfolding of events It is like being able to see from a bridge over a river our vision uncluttered by opinions as it would be by the side of the river or perhaps even as part of the river The spray and swirling of currents of a river could represent the uncertain nature of life that clouds our perceptions and the flow of water the rush of emotions that carry us from birth to death Though even Alfieri is not completely removed from the happenings of the play he takes an active part in the play as well as providing the chorus character of the Greek format that Miller used He is part of the American culture but also part of the Italian culture he also knew the family I had represented his father in an accident case some years before and I was acquainted with the family in a casual way Perhaps this is why he is able to give a balanced opinion and to counsel Eddie though
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