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Analyse the dramatic importance of the end of Act One of "A View From The Bridge"

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Analyse the dramatic importance of the end of Act One of "A View from the Bridge" (from the bottom of page 35: As the lights go out on Alfieri, they rise in the apartment..., to the end of Act One.) The play 'A View from the Bridge', is set in the late 1940's in New York. The play is about longshoreman on the docks in Brooklyn and -immigrants- Italian Americans; who wanted the American dream. The American dream was to be wealthy, to live in luxury and to have better lives. At that time in Europe a war had started in 1945. The main characters in the play are the Carbone family; they are catholic and have an 'Italian family code'-trust, honour, love, belief, protection, respect. This play was written by the playwright Arthur Miller; he wrote it in 1955. Miller wrote the play because he was a longshoreman for a while. What inspired him to write the play was a story he heard while working on the docks. In this essay I will be analysing Act One of the play 'A View from the Bridge' by Arthur Miller. Miller's use of stage directions and characterisation; are important techniques in the development of tension, suspense and curiosity in Act One. ...read more.


Rodolfo says, "It's more strict in our town." (Eddie looks at him now) "It's not so free." Eddie replies, and from just the stage directions you can tell he is angry. Stage directions, "Rises, paces up and down". When Eddie is talking to Rodolfo he is actually referring to Catherine's and Rodolfo's relationship. Rodolfo says, "Well I always have respect-" Eddie says, "I know, but in your town you wouldn't just drag off some girl without permission, I mean." (He turns) "You know what I mean, Marco? It ain't that much different here." From this you can tell that, when he says 'Just drag off some girl without permission', he is talking about Catherine and how Rodolfo didn't ask his permission before going out with Catherine. The audience can tell that Eddie is not happy with Catherine and Rodolfo, being in a relationship. The dialogue use by Eddie creates tension, because it is as if he is telling Rodolfo off. When the others realise what Eddies outburst was about, again, Beatrice tries to cool down the situation and backs up Rodolfo. Beatrice says, "Well he didn't exactly drag her off though, Eddie." From this we can tell Beatrice doesn't want there to be any conflict between them; Eddie's attention is diverted from Rodolfo to Beatrice. ...read more.


"Marco is face to face with Eddie, a strainer tension gripping his eyes..." this shows the audience that Marco is threatening Eddie that he will beat him up if he touches his brother. I think Miller wanted to make this scene very tense because if make a scene very tense it makes us to think about them, their life and you kind of feel how they feel. I think this scene is important because Marco didn't just stand there and let his brother get hurtled by Eddie, he helped his brother. Also all the characters were against Eddie because he treated Rodolfo badly. All the characters had a different attitude to Eddie. I didn't really enjoy this scene because nothing really interesting happened out side of the hose, e.g. Rodolfo almost got court by polices but he ran away or fight in street between Rodolfo and anyone in street. All the interesting bits were in the house. This scene made me feel kind of happy at the end but at the beginning I felt quite upset the way Eddie was treating Rodolfo and Catherine, but overall I was pleased with this novel and Arthur Miller was very successful on this novel. ?? ?? ?? ?? Amir Hossein 10k 1 ...read more.

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