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A View From A Bridge - analysis of act i scene 5.

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By Finn Alexander 10AB Nicolas Cage: EDDIE CARBONE I have chosen Nicolas cage because he is strong but not very strong and he has a good American accent. This scene is probably the most important scene of the play as there is so much action and it is the first real time you see any conflict between the characters. The scene starts when the characters have just finished their dinner and they start talking about Italy and what is like there, but it is a short lived conversation as Rodolpho and Eddie soon have a full fledged argument. After the argument Eddie offers Marco and Rodolpho some tickets to watch boxing and then offers to teach Rodolpho how to box but it looks more like Eddie is questioning Rodolpho about his sexuality. Even though Marco was on Eddie 's side ("You come home early now.") before the boxing he catches on to Eddie's scheme of making Rodolpho look weak and shows his supremacy over Eddie in strength by lifting a chair with one hand when Eddie could not, this is to stop Eddie making Rodolpho look like a fool. The five characters in this scene are: Eddie, Marco, Rodolpho, Beatrice and Catherine. ...read more.


Rodolpho begins the scene by trying and failing to enter the conversation about Italy ("Once we went to Yugoslavia."), but just ends up aggravating Eddie and getting himself into a large argument with Eddie (Rodolpho: "It's more strict in our town. It's not so free." Eddie: "It ain't so free here either, Rodolpho, like you think."). He then gets taught to fight by Eddie and gets his own back by dancing with Catherine ("Dance Catherine come"), while earlier he knew there was tension and did not want to dance incase he would aggravate Eddie (Catherine: "you wanna dance, Rodolpho?" Rodolpho: "No I-I'm tired"). Beatrice: right from the beginning you can tell that Beatrice is on the side of Catherine and Rodolpho ("Go ahead, dance, Rodolpho."), but she starts off the scene by joining in the conversation about Italy and Marco's life and family. She always seems to be the peacemaker ("That's enough, Eddie; he did pretty good, though.") although she is on the side of Rodolpho and Catherine (" She watches them dance; Eddie turns his head away."). She then looks on as Marco lifts the chair when Eddie could not ("Beatrice and Eddie watch him."). ...read more.


brings up in the play about loyalty and what it means to be an American and as this play was written in the 1950s this whole story is relevant to what was happening at that time in America. Immigrants were also thought to be members of fascist or communist parties in 1940, by 1950 anti-communism was so intense that members of the government such as senator Joe McCarthy and Richard Nixon took advantage of peoples strong feelings and gained power from their exploits. McCarthy had so much power that he was able to accuse anybody and get him or her sent to prison or even executed. This resulted in a witch-hunt, because anyone could be accused on the slightest excuse what so ever. Many famous people where accused of being a communist, even the author of this play, Arthur Miller, was accused but he was one of the lucky ones by getting off scot free (probably because he married Marilyn Monroe). Other famous people included many movie directors and scriptwriters who were some of the early victims, they were given the nickname 'The Hollywood Ten'. All this anti-communism resulted in thousands losing their jobs and losing any chance of getting another one and was one of the great injustices of the twentieth century. ...read more.

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