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A View from a Bridge

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English - GCSE A View from a Bridge Arthur Miller is a writer who was born in New York in 1915. He has written a series of successful plays including the one I am presently studying, 'A View from A bridge'. A View from a bridge was first published in 1961 and again in 2000. It is a story of illegal immigrants who emigrate from Italy to America in search of a better and more successful life. There was extreme poverty in Italy back when the play was set and a lot of emigration took place, due to the lack of jobs, severe starvation and general poverty. This all made it a real struggle to survive. The harsh lifestyle is talked about by Marco and Rodolpho throughout the play and they give us a brief overview of what life was like back in Italy - his children are sick as a result of poor living conditions and he can barely afford to feed them. The work situation as well wasn't very promising as there was very little work and they were grateful to get their hands on any job possible, to raise money for the family. So with the pitiful living conditions in Italy at the time, it wasn't a wonder why a lot of people wanted to emigrate over-seas to the more wealthier, economic countries, in search of a better life. This was all part of the so-called, 'American dream'. Basically people went to America because there were more better paid jobs, better quality farming land, better living conditions and an overall better life. Now I have given you a brief background to what the books about, I have taken on the task of directing a scene from the play. The scene I have chosen to direct is the immigration officers raid on the house - (pages 74-77). I think this is a very important scene in the play, due to the fact that this is when the immigration officers capture and take away Marco and Rodolpho. ...read more.

Middle

She says this in total disbelief and she puts her hands on her face. This will tell the audience that she cannot bear to know what her own husband has done. Eddie continues to protest his innocence and Beatrice's final action is to turn towards him, instead of running. This shows the audience that even in crisis she will not desert her husband. Her final words to him are; "My God, what did you do?" I want her to say this with lots of fear and anger at Eddie's actions. However the fact that she didn't run from him doesn't take anything away from the shock and horror she is experiencing at the realization of what he has done. In the third section, Catherine and Beatrice make a last effort to save Marco and Rodolpho and fight with the officers. However, the officers are immune to the pleas of Catherine and Beatrice for mercy and do not express an opinion or concern. I want Catherine to seem desperate and more aggressive when attempting to persuade the officers and I want her to be more frustrated and argumentative. The first stage direction says: Catherine [backing down the stairs fighting with the first officer]. The audience can immediately tell that she is taking a more aggressive approach. She then shouts; "What do yiz want from them?" I want her words to have aggression in so they know that she isn't going to back down. She then says; "They ain't no submarines, he was born in Philadelphia." I want the audience to see her determination to save Rodolpho and her sheer frustration at what is happening. On the other hand, I want Beatrice to be seen by the audience to be taking a calmer and more diplomatic approach. She tries to reason with the officer; "Ah, Mister, what do you want from them, who do they hurt?" ...read more.

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I want Eddie to have a very stunned and angry expression to suggest to the audience that he has been hit with the realisation that he has been publicly shamed. I want a few of the neighbours to just walk off shaking their heads and mumbling in disgust at what he has done. Eddie still tries to keep his name; "He's crazy! I give them the blankets off my bed. Six months I kept them like my own brothers!" I want Eddie to say this in a less aggressive and persuasive voice to try and make himself out to be the good guy, and Marco the one that's thrown it back in his face. By now I want all the neighbours to have walked off in disgrace at him, so just Lipari and his wife are left. I want Lapari to just look at Eddie in the face with utter outrage, then put his arm round his wife and walk back up the street shaking his head. It's just Eddie, Beatrice and Catherine left now and I want Eddie to look at them as if expecting a look of sympathy, but I want them to just walk straight past him without saying a word. This will create huge tension as Eddie is left all on his own in the street and has not only been deserted by his neighbours but by his family as well. I want the lights to dim, and a spotlight to be focused on Eddie as he shouts; "He's gonna take that back. He is gonna take that back or I'll kill him! You hear me? I'll kill him! I kill him! I want him to shake his head, grit his teeth, wave a clenched fist and say it with a furious expression upon his face, so the audience know how much Marco's actions have angered him. I want this section to end with the lights completely fading then a spotlight on Alfieri in the reception room of a prison with Marco, Catherine and Rodolpho. 6 1 ...read more.

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