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A view from the bridge - What makes the end of Act I so tense and dramatic? What differences are there between the end of Act I with the end of Act II?

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A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE What makes the end of Act I so tense and dramatic? What differences are there between the end of Act I with the end of Act II? 'A View From The Bridge' is an elegant 20th century tale of love, betrayal, lawlessness, jealously and tragedy. The play is set in the 1950's and is about the growing number of immigrants. Alfieri is a character in this play and he also narrates which is very unique. 'A View From The Bridge' is about a man called Eddie Carbone who is originally from Italy and is married to Beatrice with a foster daughter/niece called Catherine, of whom his is very protective. The first sign of his protectiveness over his niece Catherine is when she is offered a job, out of her whole class, as a stenographer (typist). Eddie is not yet prepared to accept that Catherine is maturing and becoming an adult who should have her own independence. On the arrival of Beatrice's cousins, Marco and Rodolpho, Eddie's guardianship of Catherine becomes increasing protective as he notices the attraction between Rodolpho and Catherine. As the feeling between the two become more evident Eddie begins to get jealous and then becomes concerned about Rodolpho true intentions. ...read more.

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Eddie then goes not directly speaking to anyone in particular but meaning to direct the statement at Rodolpho. "You wouldn't just drag off some girl without permission". Eddie then states that Rodolpho is a bad influence on Catherine due to them staying out on the street until 12 O'Clock at night. He says this to try to convince Beatrice that this is a wrong move that Rodolpho has made to influence Catherine's behaviour. Beatrice (who approves of Catherine's and Rodolpho's relationship) begins to defend them. Eddie becomes stressed and does not know what to do he then tries to persuade Beatrice again by saying Rodolpho intentions have changed since he met Catherine. This annoys Marco as he says. "If he's here to work, then he should work; if he's here for a good time then could fool around!" "But I understand, Marco, that you was both coming to make a living for your family". Eddie backs down quickly with this statement as he can see he has aggravated Marco. The situation would become more awkward by the events that followed. Catherine tries to change the mood to a happy and relaxed mood by playing music and dancing to lighten the atmosphere. ...read more.

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The audience expects a fight as Eddie should react to the blow. Eddie however does react but pretends that it is an accident but you can see that this is not the case. The effect of Eddie's punch on Rodolpho was so fierce that the other characters was totally disgusted by it an knew that it was necessary. Catherine runs to Rodolpho's aid and Marco rises and Beatrice tells Eddie, "That's enough." The audience might have expected this part of the scene to result in a big fight due to the unnecessary force Eddie used. They were stunned to see Rodolpho smirk and say, "I was only surprised." Marco then challenges Eddie. This was a test of strength in which Eddie does not win. Marco displays his strength to all of the characters. Marco show off his strength and also warn off Eddie using a glare of warning which quickly reverts to a smile of triumph. This makes the audience feel sorry for Eddie because Marco was now the superior strength in the Carbone household. The audience were left in the dark as the scene ends with Marco holding a chair above Eddie's head. Arthur Miller has created the dramatic scene ending. The instant difference between the end of Act I and the end of Act II is that at the end of Act I Marco proves his stength ...read more.

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