A View from the Bridge

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Marco Character Analysis

One of Beatrice’s cousins from Italy, who immigrates illegally to the United States and lives in Eddie’s apartment. He is more hard-working and traditionally masculine than Rodolpho and therefore Eddie respects Marco more than Rodolpho. However, when Eddie reports Marco and Rodolpho to the Immigration Bureau, Marco spits in Eddie’s face and publicly accuses him of betrayal. Marco has a strong sense of personal honor and justice, and feels obligated to seek some form of revenge on Eddie. In the physical struggle with Eddie at the end of the play, Marco ends up stabbing Eddie with Eddie's own knife, killing him.

Marco Quotes in A View from the Bridge

The A View from the Bridge quotes below are all either spoken by Marco or refer to Marco. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of A View from the Bridge published in 2009.
Act 1 Quotes

Listen, they’ll think it’s a millionaire’s house compared to the way they live. Don’t worry about the walls. They’ll be thankful.

Related Characters: Eddie Carbone (speaker), Marco, Rodolpho
Page Number: 9
Explanation and Analysis:

Two of Beatrice's cousins, Marco and Rodolpho, arrive a week early on a ship from Italy. Beatrice is surprised at their early arrival, and is upset that she did not have time to cook and clean as she had planned.

In this quote, Eddie assures her that the two immigrant men will not notice that the walls haven't been scrubbed sparkling clean. Instead, they will be grateful to have landed in a land of opportunity, and to have a roof over their heads. It is worthy to note that before even meeting Rodolpho and Marco, Eddie has a sense that they are indebted to him because his home is sheltering them while they live and work illegally in America, in order to send money back to their families. Eddie knows that the men came to America only because they felt they had no other choice but to leave Italy and find work across an ocean. In a way, he takes advantage of their desperation, and approaches the men living in his home with the attitude that he, not America, is giving them the opportunity for a better life. 

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Act 2 Quotes

That one! I accuse that one!

Related Characters: Marco (speaker), Eddie Carbone
Page Number: 77
Explanation and Analysis:

After Eddie's outbust, Rodolpho and Marco move to an upstairs apartment in the same building, thanks to Beatrice's quick arrangements. Eddie realizes too late that two other immigrants are also living in the flat, and therefore will be caught by the Immigration Officers. The officers arrive and take the four immigrants away. No one is in doubt that it is Eddie who did this, and as Marco is being dragged away, he spits in Eddie's face. In this quote, he accuses Eddie of tattling on the immigrants in front of the whole neighborhood. As we know from Eddie's previous anecdote about the young boy who gave up a relative to Immigration, to betray family members squatting in the neighborhood in order to find work and send money back to their families is an unforgivable crime. By resorting to his last hope to involve the law in separating Catherine and Rodolpho, Eddie has in fact committed the worst crime that a Redhook citizen can commit in the eyes of vigilante law: betrayal. 

Alfieri:
To promise not to kill is not dishonorable.

Marco:
No?

Alfieri:
No.

Marco:
Then what is done with such a man.

Alfieri:
Nothing. If he obeys the law, he lives. That’s all.

Marco:
The law? All the law is not in a book.

Alfieri:
Yes. In a book. There is no other law.

Marco:
He degraded my brother. My blood. He robbed my children, he mocks my work. I work to come here, mister!

Alfieri:
I know, Marco—

Marco:
There is no law for that? Where is the law for that?

Alfieri:
There is none.

Related Characters: Alfieri (speaker), Marco (speaker), Eddie Carbone, Rodolpho
Page Number: 79
Explanation and Analysis:

After being arrested by the Immigration officers, Alfieri meets with Marco and Rodolpho to discuss their options--of which, really, there are none. Alfieri agrees to bail them out on the condition that they don't immediately seek revenge on Eddie. 

In this quote, Alfieri's conversation with Marco mirrors his conversation with Eddie, in that he tells both men that there is no law to appease their hatred: Eddie for Rodolpho's courting of Catherine, Marco for Eddie's betrayal. The kind of justice that these men seek is the right to retain their pride, to retain something of which they, legally, have no right (Eddie's feelings of ownership over Catherine's life, Marco's residency in the United States as an illegal immigrant). The fervent sense of justice that the residents of Red Hook feel is one of pride and vigilante law. Alfieri, as a lawyer, is legally obligated to tell his clients what the law can or cannot do; as an immigrant and member of the Red Hook community for 25 years, he urges his clients not to commit crimes for the sake of revenge and pride. The robbery that both men claim is not a motive that would stand up in a court of law, nor should it fuel violence on the streets of Brooklyn. And yet, citizens of these streets often feel that when the law fails their needs, they must take matters into their own hands.  

This is not God, Marco. You hear? Only God makes justice.

Related Characters: Alfieri (speaker), Marco
Page Number: 80
Explanation and Analysis:

Though Marco seeks revenge for Eddie's betrayal, he has no legal recourse whatsoever. As an illegal immigrant, he is not allowed to be living or working in Brooklyn, and in the eyes of the law, Eddie has done the right thing. However, in the eyes of community and family justice, Eddie has committed an unforgivable act of betrayal. In this quote, Alfieri urges Marco not to act on his vengeful feelings, no matter how angry he is. Alfieri knows that Marco is desperate: when he is sent back to Italy, his starving family will be awaiting his return. The U.S. was his only chance for a livelihood. Without any work, he and his family will continue to suffer. To Marco, Eddie has stripped him and his family of their entire future. Alfieri knows that this desperation and hopelessness might drive Marco to murder Eddie. In this quote, he urges Marco not to murder his betrayer, since while he feel like he must make his own justice, God will know that he has sinned, and he will one day pay the ultimate price. 

I want my name! He didn’t take my name; he’s a punk. Marco’s got my name—and you can run tell him, kid, that he’s gonna give it back to me in front of this neighborhood, or we have it out.

Related Characters: Eddie Carbone (speaker), Marco, Rodolpho
Page Number: 83
Explanation and Analysis:

Rodolpho tells Eddie that Marco is coming to the house, insinuating that it is in search of revenge. Though Rodolpho acknowledges that he, to an extent, disrespected Eddie by not asking him for permission for Catherine's hand in marriage, he also acknowledges that Eddie greatly betrayed him and his brother by giving them up to the police. 

In this quote, Eddie states that beyond refusing to accept Rodolpho's apology--or apologizing for his own actions--he wants Marco to apologize to him in front of the neighborhood. When Eddie says he "wants his name," he means that he wants his reputation back. In Red Hook vigilante law, betraying one's own relatives to the police is unforgivable. Eddie, however, feels as if something even more unforgivable has been done to him: the loss of Catherine. Despite feeling that he has been justified in his actions, here, Eddie wants Marco to publicly acknowledge that he and Rodolpho have done him wrong, so that the neighborhood won't think that he is a "rat" and treat him as such. 

Maybe he come to apologize to me. Heh, Marco? For what you said about me in front of the neighborhood? . . . Wipin’ the neighborhood with my name like a dirty rag! I want my name, Marco.

Related Characters: Eddie Carbone (speaker), Marco
Page Number: 84
Explanation and Analysis:

As Eddie previously mentioned to Rodolpho, when Marco arrives at the house while on bail, Eddie tells him that he wants Marco to "give him his name"--to apologize to him publicly, so that his reputation can be restored. As news travels quickly in the community, all of Red Hook knows that Eddie Carbone gave up his relatives to the police--an unforgivable act that others will assume was done spitefully for the government payoff. Of course, the members of the Carbone household know that it was done vengefully so that Catherine would not marry Rodolpho, and thus escape from Eddie's clutches. In this whole ordeal, Eddie has not only lost Catherine and her trust to another man, but he has also lost his pride--something he wants Marco to give back to him. However, he knows that the furious Marco will not comply, and ends up provoking him into a physical fight. 

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Marco Character Timeline in A View from the Bridge

The timeline below shows where the character Marco appears in A View from the Bridge. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
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A man escorts Beatrice’s cousins, Rodolpho and Marco, to Eddie’s apartment. Marco and Rodolpho enter the apartment and meet Beatrice and Eddie. Marco... (full context)
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Eddie tells Marco and Rodolpho about the work they will have, on the docks. They talk about how... (full context)
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...stop singing, as it will alert neighbors that someone new is staying in the apartment. Marco tells Rodolpho to be quiet. Eddie notices that Catherine is wearing high-heeled shoes, and tells... (full context)
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Eddie says that Marco “goes around like a man,” in contrast to Rodolpho. He says he didn’t bring Catherine... (full context)
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Eddie goes outside and talks with two neighbors, Mike and Louis, about Marco and Rodolpho. They compliment Marco’s strength and work ethic, but then say that Rodolpho “has... (full context)
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...powerless to stop it. Back at Eddie’s apartment, Catherine tells Beatrice about how Rodolpho and Marco once went to Africa on a fishing boat. Marco and Rodolpho talk about working on... (full context)
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Marco talks about how much money he has been able to save and send back to... (full context)
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...has done anything wrong. Eddie says that Rodolpho has come home late with Catherine, and Marco tells Rodolpho to get home early from now on. Eddie says that Rodolpho shouldn’t go... (full context)
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...and asks Rodolpho if he wants to dance. Rodolpho and Catherine dance, and Beatrice asks Marco about the fishing boats he worked on. Marco talks about the kitchen on the boat,... (full context)
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...would work somewhere else if he could make dresses, like a dress store. Eddie asks Marco if he wants to go see a boxing fight, and then asks Rodolpho if he... (full context)
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...him to try to block his punch now. Eddie lands a blow on Rodolpho, and Marco stands up in protest, but Rodolpho says he’s fine. Eddie says he’ll teach Rodolpho again... (full context)
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Marco places a chair in front of Eddie and asks if he can lift it with... (full context)
Act 2
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Alfieri says that it is now the 23rd of December. Marco and Eddie are working, and Catherine and Rodolpho are alone at the apartment. Catherine asks... (full context)
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...that his wife is planning to rent a room in an apartment above them for Marco and Rodolpho. Alfieri tells Eddie that he hasn’t proven anything about Rodolpho, but Eddie insists... (full context)
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...illegal immigrants living in his apartment. He goes to his apartment and asks Beatrice where Marco and Rodolpho are. They have already moved into an apartment upstairs. (full context)
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...two other illegal Italian immigrants are staying upstairs in the same apartment as Rodolpho and Marco. Eddie worries that these two other immigrants might get caught, and lead the authorities to... (full context)
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...what did you do?” The immigration officers come down the stairs of the building with Marco, Rodolpho, and two other immigrants. Catherine tries to say that Rodolpho is American and was... (full context)
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Catherine and Beatrice plead with the officers, but they carry the immigrants away. Marco breaks free, runs up to Eddie, and spits in his face. Eddie lunges at Marco,... (full context)
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As the officers take the four immigrants away, Marco points at Eddie and says, “That one! I accuse that one!” Eddie tells Lipari that... (full context)
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Later, at a prison, Alfieri and Catherine visit Marco and Rodolpho. Alfieri says that Marco can be bailed out until his immigration hearing, but... (full context)
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Marco says he cannot promise not to kill Eddie, as this would be dishonorable. Alfieri says... (full context)
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...attend. Eddie tells Beatrice he wants her respect as his wife. Eddie insists that unless Marco apologizes to him, nobody from his home is going to the wedding. Catherine suddenly bursts... (full context)
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...saying this, and shows some sympathy for Eddie. Rodolpho comes in, and tells Eddie that Marco is coming. Beatrice tries to get Eddie to leave the apartment with her, but Eddie... (full context)
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...tries to tell Eddie that they can still be “comrades,” and Eddie says he wants Marco to apologize to him in front of the whole neighborhood. Referring to his reputation, he... (full context)
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Beatrice says she is just telling the truth, as Marco arrives. Eddie goes outside to meet him. Rodolpho begs Marco not to kill Eddie, and... (full context)
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Eddie approaches Marco and calls him a liar. Marco hits Eddie and calls him an animal. Eddie falls... (full context)