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"A View FromThe Bridge" by Arthur Miller, Staging the Boxing scene.

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"A View From The Bridge" by Arthur Miller, Staging the Boxing scene. Arthur Miller is a famous dramatist in around the 1940's and 50's. His popularity developed as a result of his plays regarding social issues. The play "A View from the Bridge" focuses on an Italian community that is suspicious of outsiders. Many of the men from foreign countries work on the docks as Eddie Carbone does. The play narrator is a lawyer: Alfieri, he tells the tale of how two men come to Carbone's house from Sicily, they are illegal immigrants and seek to find work in the US. Carbone finds the work on the docks as Longshoremen. In this essay I will attempt to stage the Boxing scene for the play of "A view from the bridge" in order to express both conscious and hidden emotions portrayed by each of the characters. Numerous factors will be considered to achieve this particular affect. I will examine most quotes focusing particularly on the caste, the scene, body language, the lighting, the placement of actors, the props, the sound affects, the dialogue and the costume. Each of the characters in this scene carries a luggage of feelings due to previous events which occurred earlier in this play. In order to understand the various emotions towards one-another and altered characteristics which each of the characters possess in the boxing scene, I will include a short summary of the incidents which happened previously in the play. Additionally the feelings carried by each of the characters will be described. I may refer to any past incident which may have resulted in this. {The play commences in Brooklyn which is an Italian American community in New York. Alfieri is a lawyer in his fifties. He directly addresses the audience, he then explains that he is a lawyer born in Italy who in his earlier life immigrated to America. ...read more.

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This is a type of concluding quote yet Rolopho informs Eddie that he has respect for Catherine. This is to confirm and show his innocence to Eddie. To this Eddie responds in fury and increased volume saying: "Look kid, I ain't her father, I'm only her uncle," Beatrice to loose her temper and criticizes Eddie telling his to "be an uncle then." The following quote attempts once again to seal this argument, it is said by Marco as he has presumed that the only way to end this quarrel is to take the side of Eddie: "No, Beatrice, is he does wrong you must tell him" (looking at Beatrice while waving his right finger and shaking his head. Following this line Marco will remain composed in his seat, the word "he" refers to Rodolpho. Then, with a slight frown Marco returns his gaze to Eddie while saying "what does he do wrong?" This again irritates Eddie and causes him to mention the incident of Rodolpho and Catherine returning home late. Marco (pointing at Rodolpho), informs his brother to come home early, this is also said to how Rodolpho's loyalty. Beatrice attempts to while pointing and glaring at Catherine says "you said the movie ended late." To this Catherine will quietly reply "yeah," avoiding any real interference yet defends herself against Eddie. Beatrice wants Catherine to make her view heard: "Well, tell him honey. (Turns to face Eddie) The movie ended late." This will be said in a calm soft voice to avoid infuriating Eddie yet to resolve his argument. Now, Eddie serenely replies: (looking up at Beatrice, with raised eyebrows to attempt to spread his face from his earlier frowning) "look B. I'm just saying- he thinks she always stayed out like that." The word "he" I used to avoid presenting any respect to Rodolpho. Subsequent to this Marco once again tries to seal this conflict repeating" "you come home early now." ...read more.

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Subsequent to Eddies unexpected punch the light will return yellow yet will lack its brightness in relationship with the atmosphere. During the chair lifting scene Catherine and Rodolpho will be dancing in and area of darkness as their role of importance ends. Light will rest on Marco and as he lift the chair it will begin to fade and gradually disappear when the chair rises over his head. This will end the scene and also draw attention to Eddies newly developing fear of Marco who seems stronger than him. For the props, a table will be allocated in the centre of the room where at various stages of the play will act as a barrier between the characters. The window will be at the back wall of the stage showing sun-set- A time where argumentative and strange incidents are most likely to occur. There will be 5 chairs; this includes one leather rocking chair for Eddie showing his rule over the family. An area of open space with a phonograph in corner will be Catherine and Rodolpho's dancing location. Catherine will dress in attempt to attract Rodolpho yet under limits set by Eddie. Beatrice will be dressed in a kitchen apron, this will show her being similar to the mother of all of the characters who undergoes the household chores. Marco and Rodolpho will be dressed casually in shirts and trousers yet Rodolpho will be wearing a pink sweater and worn jeans. To enable the whole crowd to view the stage it will be semi-circled where the first row sits 5 metres away from the stage. The seating rows will become higher as they move away from the stage. I have concluded that this setting is appropriate to a 1950's audience who want to comprehend the hidden and revealed emotions in each of the characters. This will permit anyone who watches this play in predicting what will take place in future scenes, furthermore will maximise the affect in bringing out the tension for an audience in the 1950's. ...read more.

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