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A View From The Bridge - Select a scene from act two and show why it is dramatically effective.

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GCSE ENGLISH COURSEWORK, 2 A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE By Joe Swainson Select a scene from act two and show why it is dramatically effective. Arthur Miller was born on October 17th, 1915. He is the playwright of A View From The Bridge. He grew up in the city of New York and his parents' are immigrants to the United States. These have inspired the play, which is set in New York City. A View From The Bridge has its roots in the late 1940's when Arthur Miller became interested in the lives of communities of dockworkers and longshoremen of New York's Brooklyn harbour and where he had previously worked. In the opening stage directions Miller sets the play in Red Hook which is a slum area of New York that faces on the seaward side of Brooklyn Bridge. The play is mainly set in the Carbones living and dining rooms where most of the action arises. I have decided to write about the final scene from the play. There are a number of the main and key characters in this scene mainly because it is the concluding scene. Alfieri a lawyer, he is a middle class man with a strong American English accent. This character appears at the beginning of a scene where he sets it and end of a scene where he usually summarises it, including a moral. ...read more.


On this street there is a phone box. The accents would be a key part of how the play works. The play being set in New York would have Beatrice, Eddie, Catherine and Alfieri talking in a typical American accent with a tinge of Italian. This is because of their Italian origins. Marco and Rodolfo would have Italian accents. Rodolfo would know only the basics of English. Marco would know a fair bit more than his brother would, with English because of being older. This scene has a lot of tension built up from the penultimate scene. The scene opens with Eddie on the rocking chair in little surges with a nervous attitude. The light is focused on him leaving the rest of the room dimmed. Beatrice emerges from the bedroom in her best dress and a hat. Beatrice walks up to Eddie with fear ''I'll be back in about an hour, Eddie, All right?'' she says. The audience recognises the dramatic tension here as Eddies rocking becomes more intense. Quietly and drained as though he had given up hope Eddies replies with ''What, have I been talkin' to my self''. Again the audience see tension between Eddies and Beatrice's relationship. He is not letting Catherine go to her wedding or Beatrice. ...read more.


The audience are experiencing dramatic tension at its highest at this point. Eddie lunges with the knife at Marco. Marco holds the arm in with the knife is held. Marco turns the direction of the knife inward and pushes it in to the chest of Eddie Carbone as the women cry out. A lot of emotion is sensed at this point as Catherine apologises ''Eddie, I never meant to do nothing bad to you". At this point Eddie begins to reply to Catherine but then turns his attention towards his wife Beatrice ''Then why-oh B''. The ''oh B'' is pronounced in a sigh as if to say what a waste of my life and this was not worth it do die for the petty reason of competition. Eddy's last words are ''My B!'' Eddie dies in her arms, and Beatrice covers him with her body. The audience is at this moment relieved for the end of such prolonged tension but sad to hear Eddy's regret that his time spent in his recent life was concentrated on Catherine rather than his one love and wife Beatrice. The play comes to a climax with Alfieri's final speech in which he confesses his support of how Eddie live his life truly but then says that this way of life can be dangerous with bad consequences as show in this play. 2 1 ...read more.

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