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A Great Play Should Inspire The Passion Of its Audience. In what way does A view From A Bridge Achieve This?

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A Great Play Should Inspire The Passion Of its Audience. In what way does A view From A Bridge Achieve This? A view from the bridge was an extremely enjoyable play to read. This was because the author achieved the aim of inspiring his audience. He attained this goal by dealing with emotions that all people experience and are able to relate to, for instance jealousy. The play contains several themes, with jealousy being the emotion that the play was mainly orientated around. Other themes include grief, love and the audience often feels sympathy for the characters. The Author also keeps its audience interest with a lot of use of description; it also boasts a tense atmosphere and keeps its audience in suspense for the final outcome. As the play is based on a true story, and includes Arthur Miller's own experiences of Sicily, it has an extremely believable story line. The play opens with a content and devoted family. The main character is Eddie. He works as a longshoreman and sees himself as the main breadwinner of the family and loves and cares for his wife Beatrice and his niece Katie. Beatrice his affectionate wife whose character is a stereotypical housewife, always supporting her family in whatever they do, and is extremely kind and generous. Catherine (Katie) ...read more.


Could Eddie find it a struggle having someone of equal or higher status living under his roof? Rodolfo then narrates a story of the most memorable moment in his life; this also gives away a lot of information about his character. He informs us that he got to perform in a hotel because the entertainer was ill. He boasts about how he sang without a single mistake. This shows us that Rodolfo loves being the centre of attention and is probably a keen romantic. From his speech I also gained that he's the type of person who's not afraid to show his feelings. Rodolfo is then persuaded by Katie to sing for them. Rodolfo isn't hesitant and he gets up and begins to sing. Katie was obviously enjoying it. I got the impression that she really liked him. Eddie then firmly tells Rodolfo to stop singing. This was infuriating to the audience, as Eddie obviously picked up on the fact that Katie liked Rodolfo. Also he was probably jealous of the attention Rodolfo was getting. After all Eddie is used to being the only man around the house and he is used to getting attention off of Katie. Beatrice makes a comment that acquires the audience pondering over whether Eddie fancies Catherine. All through the play Eddie has been trying to stop her from seeing other men or even walking past them, so the audience already had slight suspicions. ...read more.


It's at this point in the play where Eddie cracks. Before, he made his feelings known without being too upfront and obvious, but now he seems to erupt like a volcano and makes his hatred for Marco and Rodolfo known. In an attempt to prevent Eddie from locating Marco, Beatrice brings up the subject of Eddies true feelings for Katie. Beatrice knows this is a touchy subject and is certain this is the reason why Eddie has been acting so bizarrely the past couple of months. Eddie is outraged that his wife would think of him like that. He just replies by saying "Is that what you think of me, huh?" Then rapidly changing the subject back to Marco he storms off in a rage to track him down. Eddie finds Marco and demands Marco apologises to him. Marco refuses and declares that Eddie should be apologising to him. A brawl commences and the tragic ending we had been waiting for, for the duration of the play comes to a head. Marco stabs Eddie in front of several spectators. Despite what Eddie had done Katie still kneels at his frozen body weeping, as does Beatrice. I think this is when you feel most upset for Eddie since although he made a mistake or two, in my opinion he didn't deserve to loose his life for it. I also felt sorry for Beatrice because she lost her husband and also for Katie because she had lost yet another father figure. ...read more.

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