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A view from the bridge, pages 40-42

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A modern play - A view from the bridge, Writing course work, by Laura Poulson I have chosen pages 40-42 from the part where Eddie says "You never seen a fight, did you?" to Marco, in the centre of page 40. This is a fight scene, in which Eddie "teaches" Rodolfo how to box. He begins by making fun of Rodolfo's attempt. This then leads to the two lightly boxing, until Eddie hits Rodolfo hard, so he staggers. At this point the fight is stopped and Marco uses some intimidation tactics to frighten Eddie off, away from Rodolfo. Marco does this because he knows that he is the stronger of the two so if Eddie challenges him to a fight he will win. He also does this, in a secretive way, to warn Eddie that if he hurts a member of his family, for instance Rodolfo, he will have to go through him first. This in a way tells us about his background because of the strong bond with in a family. This is like the end of the play, where Marco, protecting Rodolfo's honour and life, fights with Eddie, to begin with not meaning to, but when Eddie plunged at him, he had no choice, so killed him in self-defence. This in itself tells us that he is Italian because of the gangs that he talks about, earlier on in the play, and the strong bond between him, his family and Rodolfo. In this scene the characters have different emotions and feelings going through their minds. Eddie, at this point of the play has had enough of Rodolfo's femininity. This could be because he is jealous of his range of talents, such as cooking and singing. At the moment before he comes in the family has had a little argument. Eddie in a sly way, with out revealing anything mysterious to the family has come up with a plan to get back at Rodolfo. ...read more.

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Eddie What do you mean? Marco From here (He gets on one knee with one hand behind his back, and grasps the bottom of one of the chair legs but does not raise it). Eddie Sure, why not? (He comes to the chair, keels, grasps the leg, raises the chair one inch, but it leans ver to the floor.) Gee that's hard, I never knew that. (He tries again, and again fails) It's on an angle, that why, heh? 12. Marco Here. (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.) 13. Marco is face to face with Eddie, a strained tension, gripping his eyes and jaw, his neck stiff, the chair raised like a weapon over Eddie's head - and he transforms what might appear like a glare of warning into a smile of triumph and Eddie's grin vanishes as he absorbs his look. 1. Eddie, you begin your line with a smirky and questioning look. To help with this you can imagine that you have just come up with a plan to get back at Rodolfo. (Think of it as someone you dislike.) I want you to do this because it seems appropriate to the situation and your character. Marco, when you reply you need to look at him as if you are looking for answers - to the unusual question, in his face. This is because you are uneasy about the question and the way he asked it. 2. Eddie walk up to Rodolfo saying to point of "What do you say," then with an enthusiastic grin, pause and say "Danish" along with a nudge. This is because you are calling him a name, and because you dislike him you grin meanly. Then Rodolfo reply as if you are proving to Eddie that his intimidation is not working, but afterwards you do give a slight uneasy grin. ...read more.

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These feminine clothes could be seen as something to attract Eddie, whom she loves, especially the low cut top. This showing that she still loves him and is trying to keep his interest. This shows that her confidence in his love for her might be dropping, so that she has to try harder to please him. This is shown in the scene on page twenty four, at the point (mainly) when Beatrice says; "When am I gonna be a wife again, Eddie?" in which the two have a row about there marriage and sex life, also Beatrice says "you don't like me, heh?" This explains why she is trying to impress because she doesn't believe that he likes her anymore. Marco and Eddie in this scene are wearing similar things. Including a baggy, stained top, showing their hard days work, and old, dirty, baggy trousers, so as not to get any nice ones ruined. But, they are still modern, men's casual clothes, but they have just been worn quickly. Rodolfo, in this scene is wearing, modern baggy jeans, with a purpose tear, a chain, a long, tight top, with a covering baggy t-shirt. These looks making him look like, in modern terms, a "skater". I chose this scene because it is a vital step, in the steps towards his final fate. This is because he is trying to be nice to Rodolfo, but when he beckons him to fight, things become worse. As, the fight continues, it becomes more serious. Then at the point when Eddie hits Rodolfo hard, Marco feels that it is his duty to protect him, because he is feminine and not very strong. So this leads to Marco proving to Eddie that he is the stronger and that if Rodolfo does not want to fight him, he will and he will win. He does this, by proving that he can lift a heavy lounge chair. I also chose this scene because of the range of emotions it makes the scene more interesting, and this alone will catch the audiences attention. ...read more.

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