In A View from the Bridge, what does Eddie mean by saying that "Marco's got my name"? Why is it so important to him to get his name back? In Act II of the play
In A View from the Bridge, Eddie's use of "name" in "I want my name!…Marco's got my name." (Act 2), is a literary device called a trope, which is a literary technique, meaning it is an optional choice the author makes for specific purposes. The trope, one of many kinds, selected by Arthur Miller is called a metonymy.
The definition of the trope metonymy will help explain the meaning of Eddie's line. A metonymy is a substitution of one simple, common word or phrase for a more elaborate or complicated word or phrase. A metonymy is employed for dramatic effect and for simplification of understanding. Two common examples of metonymy are "the White House" and "the sweat of your brow." Examples of their use are:
"The White House declared it would not back down."
"He lived by the sweat of his brow."
Taken literally, these sentences are meaningless; a house, white or otherwise, can not back down, up or sideways, and no one...
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