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A View from a Bridge Act One, Episode five.

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Introduction

A View from a Bridge Act One, Episode five is very important because it reveals the characters for who they truly are, this is particularly evident as the scene is a domestic scene, with dancing, boxing and chair lifting. In this scene, the action dominates the dialogue. The characters react to this theatrical episode and show their true feelings. Eddie reveals himself through his ideas on manliness, whilst other characters reveal themselves in different ways - through major themes and action. The history of this play dates back to the late 1940's. Miller became interested in the lives of the communities of dockworkers and longshoremen - where Miller himself had worked. Miller thought that the water edge was a mysterious and dangerous world. To Miller this was a subject that drama and literature had never touched. Miller's parents had immigrated to the United States of America in search of work, wealth and security which their home countries could not guarantee. Miller was told, by a young lawyer friend, a story about a longshoreman who had told the Immigration Bureau about two brothers, his own relatives, who were living illegally in his very home, in order to break up an engagement between one of them and his niece. Based upon this and a few of his own ideas, he created the play, A View from the Bridge. ...read more.

Middle

Eddie, referring to Rodolfo and Catherine, says, "....in your town you wouldn't just drag of some girl without permission...." Beatrice then tries to defend Rodolfo by saying, "Well, he didn't exactly drag her off though, Eddie." Rodolfo then shows that he wants respect from Eddie by asking him, "I do anything wrong?" Eddie says, "Look, kid, I ain't her father, I'm only her uncle -" It is here that Beatrice shows how much power she has over Eddie, she says, "Well then, be an uncle then. (Eddie looks at her, aware of her criticizing force.)" Beatrice who is continuously defending Rodolfo and Catherine becomes more criticizing towards Eddie. Eddie continues to give a lecture to Rodolfo about coming home late at night. "The more you run around like that the more chance you're takin'. (To Beatrice) I mean suppose he gets hit by a car or something. (To Marco) Where's his papers, who is he?" Beatrice replies to that by saying, "Yeah, but who is he in the daytime, though? It's the same chance in the daytime." Eddie is getting very angered by Beatrice's smart remarks at this point. "(holding back a voice full of anger)" "(flushed with revolt) You wanna dance, Rodolfo? (Eddie freezes.)" This is Catherine's way of getting her own back on Eddie, but Rodolfo is too scared to dance with her because of Eddie. ...read more.

Conclusion

Eddie, thinking he can do it, replies, "Sure, why not? (he comes to the chair, kneels, grasps the leg, raises the chair one inch, but it leans over to the floor.)" After he failed the first time he says, "Gee, that's hard, I never knew that." He continues to try lifting the chair several times but continues to fail each time. After realising that he can not do it, he says, "It's on an angle, that's why, heh? Marco then takes the chair. "(He kneels, grasps, and with strain slowly raises the chair higher and higher, getting to his feet now. Rodolfo and Catherine have stopped dancing as Marco raises the chair over his head.)" Here at the end of the Episode, Marco showed that he has more power then Eddie does and that he will protect his brother with force if need be. "....the chair raised like a weapon over Eddie's head...." In conclusion, Act one Episode five, shows us, the audience what everybody in that play, especially Eddie, Rodolfo and Marco, think and feel for each other. Eddie has his own ideas of manliness in contrast to Rodolfo. Eddie also acts irrationally due to his unusual and irregular feelings for Catherine. Marco on the other hand knows what Eddie's feelings are towards Rodolfo and Catherine. Miller's ideas were shown very well through mostly stage directions or action in the play. "Actions speak louder than words." With out that the play would be much harder to understand. ...read more.

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