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A View from the Bridge.

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A View from the Bridge This scene took place at Red Hook, Brooklyn - New York in the late 1940s. This is set after the world war two ended, and when Europe was in the ruins and USA was a wealthy state. The setting of this scene was situated in a working class apartment in which Eddie and Beatrice live in. The main character, Eddie, is shown as if he is the prime suspect of every conflict that goes on. He argues and fights for what he thinks is right. He does this because he has deep feeling for Catherine, who seems to like Rodolfo, whom he dislikes, and Eddie cannot bear to see that happening. Eddie sees Alfieri, a lawyer and a family friend, to seek information whether it would be legal to stop the developing relation of Catherine and Rodolfo. Alfieri replies that there is no opportunity to do something like that. Then, he advise him to let Catherine go, letting her be independent. The scene, before the conflict begins, it starts with a nice, warm, friendly atmosphere, where everyone is relaxed and talking in general. ...read more.


Marco takes this as an insult because in Italy, 'the women wait and there are 'very few surprises'. Also because he is a respectable married man and is surprised to see Eddie think he had a lot of surprises. Anger was revealed when Eddie '(holds back a voice full of anger)'. When Eddie talks of what Rodolfo has been doing ever since he came, Beatrice tries her best to stick with her cousins. So she takes Rodolfo's side, which makes Eddie mad and enraged. Subtext shows the underlying tension between characters which adds to their meaning. When Eddie learns that Rodolfo has other kind of abilities; he is taken aback and begins to make a big deal out of it. 'He sings, he cooks...,' this shows that Eddie is brings this up sarcastically but the audience know that he is really saying that he must be gay. This is an example of a verbal communication subtext. There is a physical subtext where Eddie offers to teach Rodolfo boxing, 'playfully'. 'He is weirdly elated, rubbing his fists into his palms.' this shows that he is overjoyed; he has thought of something which maybe a chance for him to sort Rodolfo out. ...read more.


He wants to show something major will happen and there maybe a person taking the victorious lead. Miller moves the situation from one of underlying tension to one of open physical conflict. This is shown when Eddie is sarcastically speaking about what Rodolfo can do. He literally tries to embarrass Rodolfo. The final moments in Act One where Marco is holding a chair above Eddie's head is shown to be very effective. This shows the real conflict will involve them two and it also shows that Marco will win the conflict. Marco is signalling a warning to Eddie which pre-figures the ending. The audience would feel a little sympathy for Eddie because he had just been humiliated from being a generous man to an uncomfortable, losing position. The play is a tragedy in many ways. Eddie cannot accept Catherine's relationship with Rodolfo, show shows he is jeopardising all relationships around him. He does this because he feels he is losing control over Catherine. If only he saw things the right way, the play would have not been a tragedy. The audience senses a loss of a good character and think, what a waste of a previously good, generous man. Name: Asim Razaq Form: 10/T - 1 - ...read more.

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