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A view from the bridge - How does Miller present this scene, emphasising the dramatic nature of the events to the audience, and what significance does it have to the play as a whole?

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ENGLISH GCSE COURSEWORK ASSIGNMENT (A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE) BILAL JABBAR D10F ESSAY TITLE: A very important scene from a View From The Bridge is at the end of Act One when Eddie has the 'boxing match' with Rodolfo. How does Miller present this scene, emphasising the dramatic nature of the events to the audience, and what significance does it have to the play as a whole? SECTION NO: 1 INTRODUCTION In this essay I will be exploring the Key Scene from 'A View From The Bridge', written by Arthur Miller and I will be expressing my thoughts on the importance of this scene to the play as a whole. In 1921 and 1924 the American Government passed laws which severely restricted immigration, and which made it particularly difficult for people from the south and east of Europe to enter the country. However the Depression of the 1930's and the Second World War brought hardships, but the differences in standards of living between America and Italy meant many Italians despite all the dangers will still migrate to America. Italians main reason for migration was that America offered opportunities through work, for them to gain prosperity which they could never achieve in their native land. The story 'A View From The Bridge', is set in the 1940's in Red hook Brooklyn, New York. Red Hook was a really violent place; if people had problems with other people they took matters into their own hands, instead of taking it to the law or Police. Some people in communities also became "Stool Pigeons". ...read more.


If Catherine had not invited Rodolfo to dance with her then Eddie probably would not have invited Rodolfo to Box and he would not have punched Rodolfo in the face and if he had not done that then Marco would not have raised the chair over Eddie's head. So this scene revolves around a series of actions and reactions from all the xters involved. After this incident the audience know that something bad will happen soon because Marco has raised a chair over Eddie's head and being the man that Eddie is he is not going to take this form Marco, building the excitement and anticipation in the audience and the audience become really involved in the play. After the boxing incident Rodolfo and Catherine are alone in the house and Catherine asks Rodolfo that is he really after his papers or does he really love her. Rodolfo starts to get angry because he is shocked that Catherine asked him that and Catherine makes up with him by saying: 'Well....... When we get married', and they both go along sharing their emotions in the bedroom. Because of the boxing and the chair lifting incident Eddie thinks he is loosing his power of controlling the people in his home, so in depression he starts to drink and when he get home drunk he sees that Catherine and Rodolfo were in the bedroom together. This is when he bursts out completely and looses it and he tells Rodolfo to leave his house now and Catherine interrupts by saying: 'I think I have to get out of here, Eddie', Eddie gets hurt emotionally when Catherine said that. ...read more.


Leaving the audience greatly anticipated because things had changed so quickly form dancing to boxing and then to chair lifting in no time and everyone is also so silent at the end of this scene, telling us that nothing can be done to stop future conflicts between Eddie, Rodolfo and Marco. The ending of the play was inevitable because Eddie was really pessimistic and uncompromising in the play. He had even had a chance to make up for what he had done wrong. However he refused to accept it. This is when Rodolfo says this to Eddie in Act Two: 'It is my fault, Eddie. Everything. I wish to apologise'. Rodolfo was apologising even though it was not his fault about what had happened and Eddie instead of apologising he didn't even except an apologie that was un necessary. However even in the end Eddie refused to compromise and stop this tragic conclusion to the play. If only Eddie had been a bit cooperative then the play would not have ended like this. The ending was indeed as a direct result of the Key Scene because all the characters become aware of what is going on and what Eddie is trying to do. The play wouldn't have had a tragic end if Eddie hadn't punched Rodolfo in the face while teaching him boxing, then Marco would not have raised the chair over Eddie's head. Leading Eddie to get drunk and calling the Immigration Bureau. Which lead Rodolfo and Marco to get arrested and in revenge Marco stabbed Eddie, killing him. I also agree that this is the key scene because all of Eddie's thoughts and feelings are expressed clearly in this key scene. BILAL JABBAR D10F 1 ...read more.

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