A View from the Bridge

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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer 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
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Act 2 Quotes

That one! I accuse that one!

Related Characters: Marco (speaker), Eddie Carbone
Page Number: 77
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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
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This is not God, Marco. You hear? Only God makes justice.

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

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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
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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
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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)