Immigration Bureau

Events in act two build up to the tragic climax. In this mini scene Eddie reports Rodolpho and Marco to the Immigration Bureau who take them away and it is widely believed that Eddie was the person that reported them. When Catherine tells Eddie that she and Rodolpho are getting married Eddie tries to make her rethink her decision. He pleads – ‘Katie, wait a minute’. But Catherine responds with – ‘No, I made up my mind.’ Even now, after everything that has happened before, Eddie doesn’t want Catherine to leave. Even though Eddie is against the marriage he tries to get Marco and Rodolpho out of the house before the Immigration Bureau arrive. He becomes worried and anxious. He says nervously – ‘Catherine!

What’re you, got no brains? You put them up there with two other submarines?’ Miller also states – In a driving fright and anger, to describe the way Eddie was acting. Catherine moved Marco and Rodolpho to an apartment upstairs where Eddie knew the Immigration Bureau could find them. Eddies newly found care for Rodolpho and Marco meant that when the Immigration Bureau knocked on the door they all knew it was Eddie who had reported them. Miller writes – ‘A knock on the door. His head swerves. They all stand motionless.’ Eddie does what he can to make Marco and Rodolpho avoid being caught by the Immigration Bureau but it was too little too late.

Miller also puts -‘Catherine stands motionless, uncomprehending…she stands a moment staring at him in realized horror.’ This stage direction visualises for the reader the dramatic tension, it shows that Catherine knew what Eddie had done and that she was shocked and surprised that even Eddie would report them after he had constantly told her how it was against the Sicilian Code of Honour. In this mini scene Miller skilfully via his stage directions used the lack of motion to create tension.

Eddies actions in act two are against everything that he was saying in act one and his jealousy makes him commit an unforgivable crime against his family and the Sicilian community. In act one he was telling Catherine how it is against the Sicilian Code of Honour to report an illegal immigrant under any circumstances. When Beatrice was describing a boy that once reported his uncle she said – ‘He had five brothers and the old father… and they pulled him down the stairs – three flights his head was bouncing like a coconut.’

At the time this play was set, late 1940s, it wasn’t acceptable to be homosexual and in act one Eddie makes it sound like being homosexual was almost as bad as breaking the Sicilian Code of Honour. Yet in act two he kisses Rodolpho. I think ‘A View From The Bridge’ is a very interesting book as it raises social issues that are still relevant today and it shows the difficult decisions a Sicilian American, such as Eddie, had to make in the late 1940s.

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