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Analysis the dramatic importance of the ending of Act one "View from the Bridge".

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Analysis the dramatic importance of the ending of Act one "View from the Bridge" In this essay, I will discuss how Arthur miller ends act one in such a dramatic way. The end of act one is a turning point of Arthur Miller's play "A View from the Bridge". I think this is because Marco finally finds out what Eddie is intending to do. The scene also builds up the feelings between Rodolpho and Catherine and shows us how much Eddie despises Rodolpho. This scene is the most clearest and one of the most important scenes this is because it tells us how Eddie feels about Rodolpho, when he observes between Catherine and Rodolpho. In this scene, Catherine finally realises that she has to stand up to Eddie, the man who brought her up. ...read more.

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There is now an air of tension and suppressed rivalry in the room. Catherine at this point is sick and tired of the person she loves being denounced in such a way. She then challenges Eddie's authority in asking Rodolpho to dance. Eddie simply freezes. This instantly has a huge shock on the audience. Marco the says that Rodolpho is a good cook by saying "When Rodolpho comes along; everybody gets fat". Eddie the highlights Rodolpho's feminine side by saying "He cooks too! [Looking at Rodolpho] He sings, he cooks". Catherine, undermining Eddie's comment then says "They get some pay them guys". Eddie then takes his frustration out on his newspaper, and starts to twist it, Imagining that he is twisting and ripping Rodolpho. We know this from the stage directions "He has been unconsciously twisting his newspaper into a tight roll." ...read more.

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Marco, who was normally a quiet, self-contained and polite figure, was now questioning Eddies authority because Eddie has violated him. The audience know this from the stage directions "Marco rises". Although the stage directions tell us two words, it shows us a lot about Marco's reaction. The scene is set in Eddie and Beatrice's living room in their apartment. This is an excellent set for the scene due to the living room being a reasonable size for the boxing scene. This is because it is about the same size as a boxing ring, and with all those people in the room it becomes a cramped society, which has a poor frustrating feeling. Another reason why this is an superb set, is because the section where Eddie hits Rodolpho, he's saying that it is his house, and he has the power and not Marco or Rodolpho. Also if they were on the street Catherine would not have been ...read more.

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