In A View from the Bridge, Miller portrays lots of ideas about credibility, especially in the battle for reputation in between the 2 primary males of the play, Eddie and Marco. He likewise showcases the way in which a failure to opt for half in keeping one’s track record can result in downfall, and likewise represents the way in which not adhering to stereotypes can cause individuals not taking you seriously, thereby resulting in a destroying of your credibility.
At first, Miller represents track record as an extremely vital part of the Italian Moral Code, and showcases how messing up someone’s track record can be penalized really roughly in by Sicilian Morals.
After Eddie reports on Marco, Marco is seen to say ‘In my nation, he would be dead’, due to Eddie messing up Marco’s credibility, and, as Marco puts it ‘degrading my bro and removing my children’. The truth that Eddie would get this extreme a penalty, for simply abiding by the law demonstrates how seriously track record is taken in Sicilian morals, and how derogatory it is for somebody’s reputation to be messed up.
Eddie likewise is revealed by Miller to be concerned about his credibility, because he states that ‘Marco’s got my name’, which ‘he gon na offer it back to me in front of this area’. This goes to demonstrate how, in a mostly Italian community, one’s credibility can have extreme ramifications on how somebody is dealt with within society. This can also be seen through the narrative parallel of the story of Vinny Bolzano, who was shunned by society for informing upon his own uncle, and therefore losing his ‘credibility’. Through this, Miller depicts the significance of someone’s reputation in other cultures, and this would have been fairly striking to the modern American audience.
Additionally, Miller depicts how a failure to go for half in keeping your reputation results in downfall. Throughout the play, Marco is represented as going for half, other than at the end of the play, where in his viewpoint, he has alternative but to eliminate Eddie. When Marco has actually just arrived at Eddie’s house, he belittles his own reputation, stating ‘when you say go, we go’, showing how he identifies Eddie as the master of the family, which he settles for just being a visitor. Later in the unique nevertheless, when Eddie tries to show his strength versus Marco, Marco is said to have actually ‘raised the chair like a weapon over his head’.
This demonstrates how Marco is now thought about as Eddie’s equivalent and even his remarkable, and hints of hostility and violence are seen due to the use of the direction ‘like a weapon’, and this could possibly be used by Marco to maintain and prove his track record against Eddie. Nevertheless, at the end of this scene, the curtains close for the interval, and it can be presumed that the occurrence was taken no further, showing how Marco has gone for half there. At the end of the play nevertheless, Marco outright kills Eddie, and does not settle for half, as he tries to keep his credibility, and ruin Eddies, demonstrating how crucial this credibility is to them. Nevertheless, through this, Miller is possibly trying to recommend that preserving a track record should not be a concern, and that people should have the ability to choose half.
Miller also depicts the method which one can receive a bad credibility for not following stereotypes. Eddie initially seems to aware of this concern, as he tells Rodolpho to ‘wait a minute’ while singing, demonstrating how he knows the truth that his credibility will get harmed if he does not comply to the stereotype of a dockworker. In addition, Mike and Louis state how Rodolpho is viewed as a ‘Paper Doll’, and how he has a ‘sense of humour’ and is always ‘making remarks’.
This is in unique contrast to the ‘regular slave’ of Marco, and the reality that Marco is ‘routine’ further highlights the way in which Rodolpho is different, and ‘stands apart from the crowd’, and this in turn leads to the destroying of his track record, as he is not taken seriously by any of the other characters, due to him not acting like the stereotypical masculine 1950s guy. Perhaps, Miller utilizes this to highlight the method which sticking out from the stereotype in modern society results in this messing up of reputation.
In general, Miller utilizes these ideas about track record to contrast the Sicilian code of honour to the American culture that the contemporary audience will have been used to, and properly showcases the importance of credibility to people from an Italian background, in addition to this credibility affects how one is dealt with in society.