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A View From The Bridge - discuss the dramatic impact of act two pages 43-49 and the events that has happened in act two.

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A View From The Bridge In this essay I will discuss the dramatic impact of act two pages 43-49 and the events that has happened in act two. The relationship between Eddie, Beatrice and Catherine has changed since the arrival of Marco and Rodolfo. In the opening scene we could tell there was a family relationship with Beatrice taking the role of the mother Eddie as the over-zealous father and Catherine as the dependant daughter. Eddie works hard as a Brooklyn longshoreman. He's faithful to his wife Beatrice and has done a great job raising her late sister's daughter, Catherine. Now Eddie has agreed to let two of Beatrice's cousins from Italy, Marco and Rodolfo to stay in their small apartment. All Marco wants is a chance to earn money to send home to support his wife and children. The young, single Rodolfo has come along to help. Eddie opens his home to them and carefully instructs Beatrice and Catherine to keep their mouths shut about their boarders in case immigration officials catch wind of them Arthur Miller uses stagecraft (light rises on Alfieri at his desk) ...read more.


At this stage the audience might be doubting Rodolfo's' love for Catherine. There is virtue -truth in Rodolfo's words when he tells Catherine about what it would be like to live in Italy. He feels passionately about doing the right thing for Catherine he shows confidence and doing so wins over the audiences' trust on him. Rodolfo in contrast to Eddie, in this scene he isn't confused he is sure about his feelings, although we might feel this is the first time Catherine has told us she is scared of Eddie we can look back at the beginning of the scene. She was trying to look for Eddies' approval she was more hesitant, then in then she was act two she has gained slight confidence. The slight pause is for the audience and the character to acknowledge her feelings about Eddie. Stealing herself- trying to gain confidence to say something. We know the impact in going to Italy will have on Eddie there will be anger, total rage things wont be the same (playing happy families as we saw in the opening scenes). ...read more.


But when he kisses Rodolfo we can feel pity for him because this is when he's out of control and confused about the situation. He makes jokes of Rodolfo, the ultimate insult. He's completely lost respect for himself, by kissing Catherine and Rodolfo he has insulted them. There is no sense of madness as he laughs mockingly at Rodolfo. When A. Miller writes, "they are like animals" there were no morals they weren't thinking about what they were doing. Eddie is trying to prove that Rodolfo isn't good for Catherine. He stays on the subject that he's a singing, dancing canary and in kissing him he was trying to prove that he likes kissing men an alternative to calling the immigration. Dramatic affect- light appearing on Alfieri we might feel Eddies destiny is mapped out. When the blue light appears its as if it's a calling to him to call immigration. We would almost want to be calling out ourselves "don't do it Eddie!" because everyone he loves will be hurt. Hafsa Yasmin Ali 10E Page 1 28/04/2007 A View From The Bridge - the dramatic impact of act two pages 43-49 and the events that in act two..doc ...read more.

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