Arthur Miller, how does the author present these issues through the characters and action in the play? By gay Wisped says honor is the concept of a direct relation between one’s virtues (or “values”) and their status within society and that Justice is the ideal, morally correct state of things and persons. Honor and Justice are in fact the two main issues surrounding Arthur Millers A View from the Bridge.
We can see these two elements right at the start of the play, with the story of Finny Blazon: the boy who betrayed is family and lost his honor within it. Finny is in fact the perfect example of the connection between Justice and love:”The family had an uncle that they were hiding’ in the house, and he snitched to the Immigration 0 he had five brothers and the old father. And they grabbed him in the kitchen and pulled him down the stairs – three flights his head was bouncing’ like a coconut. And they spit on him in the street, his own father and his brothers. The whole neighborhood was crying. ” (p. 3-1 5)The importance of honor in this play prevails the law, creating a connection with aspect: to be honorable is to be respected. If you do anything dishonorable, you lose respect. That is why Marco and Eddie are so keen to protect their names and reach a Just’ conclusion. Codes of honor bind families and the whole neighborhood with a sense of community. Everyone should look out for one another, to betray someone is the most dishonorable action imaginable. The next part where we see clear evidence of the importance of honor in the Red Hook community is when Eddie tells Beatrice, “It’s an honor, B.
I mean it. “(p.. ) when discussing the imminent arrival of the cousins in America. Here Eddie is saying he is honored of letting Beatrice cousins sleep in his house because he knows they would do the same to him. This is a typical immigrant feeling because here Eddie is probably remembering when he too had come to America. Also, already from this point in the story we can see that his feelings for his Italian traditions overcome the American Law because even if Eddie knows the consequences of hosting two illegal immigrants in his house, he thinks about how he is honored about it.
Another evidence of honor in this play is the fact that Eddie finds it impossible to admit his love for Catherine is because he knows how dishonorable it is:Alfred: She wants to get married, Eddie. She can’t marry you, can she? Addle: What are you talking about, marry me! I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about! Because of how horrible his feelings seem to him are and how he will be dishonored by them, he cannot accept them. He cannot accept them because it is not morally and socially world we live in, where what Eddie has done it is not acceptable.
Leafier warns Eddie that he will lose the respect of the neighborhood if he betrays the brothers. “You won’t have a friend in the world, Eddie! (p. 49). It is significant that a lawyer (who we would expect to follow the law) is encouraging Eddie to do something illegal by continuing to keep the brothers hidden, obviously against his own interest. This, again, even in Leafier, shows us how honor prevails to the law: Eddie will lose his honor if he reports Rudolf and Marco to the immigration authorities.
Marco believes the only honorable course is to punish Eddie when Eddie betrayed the brothers. Leafier tries to persuade him otherwise: “To promise not to kill is not dishonorable”(p. 59), but Marco’s ignorance towards the American law and his entitlements of honor vanquish any fear about breaking the promise he makes to Leafier. In fact, Marco had given Leafier his word that he would not harm Eddie, but does so clearly, showing once again that honor is more important than breaking the law.
Here, the theme of Justice rises once more: Marco finds it wrongful that Eddie can escape punishment and he cannot, making his urge for avenge even stronger. Eddie, however, blindly refuses to believe that he has done anything wrong. He desperately wants to get back his good name after Marco’s accusations caused the neighborhood to turn away from him: Marco’s got my name – and you run tell him, id, that he’s goanna give it back to me in front of this neighborhood, or we have it out. (p. 62).
The problem is that Marco wants the same thing as Eddie: respect, which is once again connected to honor, they both want apologies from each other which they shall never obtain. The final scene of A View from the Bridge is where Eddie is killed by Marco. One can reflect a lifetime to understand whether this ending is Just or not. What we can say is that in the end, natural Justice happens. Natural because what has happened is what had to happen: if Eddie wouldn’t have died he would have been dishonored for the est. of his life, Just like Finny Blazon.