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Arthur Miller wrote many endings for his play- 'A view from the bridge'. As we know the chosen ending results in Marco killing Eddie. One other possible ending for this play was Eddie begging Catherine to choose him-

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My View From A Bridge Arthur Miller wrote many endings for his play- 'A view from the bridge'. As we know the chosen ending results in Marco killing Eddie. One other possible ending for this play was Eddie begging Catherine to choose him- Eddie refuses to hide from his meeting with Marco and tries once more to prevent Catherine marrying Rodolfo. Beatrice begs him to let Catherine go but when she and Rodolfo start to leave, Eddie grabs hold of her and kisses her on the lips passionately, and asks her to choose him rather than Rodolfo. When Marco arrives, Eddie pulls a knife on him but Marco turns it on Eddie. He is fatally wounded and falls to the ground. With his dying breath he says, 'Catherine- why?' This ending is negative of Eddie and isn't a reflection of his personality because I don't think Eddie actually truly admitted to himself that he had feelings for Catherine, which is what drove him to his death. Also dramatically this ending wouldn't work because Eddie is a proud man so wouldn't 'beg'. This ending is the predictable ending and so wouldn't provide a shock for the audience. This also seems a repetition of what happened earlier in the play when Eddie was drunk and kissed both Catherine and Rodolfo, so it is a boring ending. I don't think this ending is what the audience want because Eddie dies with Catherine's name when the audience actually want Eddie to die with Beatrice's name. Another possible ending was Catherine killing Eddie. This ending seems to be too melodramatic which isn't the type of plays Miller writes. Arthur Miller is a political playwright so this wouldn't be an ending, which fulfils Miller's reason for writing the play. Also Catherine is still a young girl and from what I have learnt of her character from the play, I don't think she is brave enough to carry out a murder. ...read more.

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The fact that this play evolves around illegal immigrants also shows how much the law was really believed in. This dialogue from Marco also shows the theme of loyalty. .Alfieri talks about gangsters in the opening speech, which immediately leads the audience to think of the Mafia. The Mafia is greatly involved in business as well as organised crime. 'Family' members are protected; enemies or those who let down the family are treated pitilessly. These views are constantly emphasised throughout the play. When we first meet Marco he shows himself powerful by his actions rather than his words. He is very modest and almost all his conversation is dominated by the wish not to cause trouble- 'when you say go, we will go'. He thanks people frequently, he quietens his younger brother, he refuses food and he wonders if they can accommodate him for the time being in such a small house. This is why he only has one speech to say in the whole of my script because as I have said before Marco is powerful by his actions rather than his words. From his actions here we can see he is still calm, and able to control his feelings because his tone is calm but then he 'lunges' at Eddie which shows that Marco is only human. Marco has been able to control his anger in previous scenes, for example when he held the chair over Eddie's head but the fact that he lunged first shows how much anger he actually feels. In my ending Marco is a lot calmer, he didn't directly invite Eddie to fight with him like in Miller's ending: 'Eddie Carbone', 'Anima-a-a-l'. I think my ending gives more power to Marco because Eddie sounds as though he is going insane because his life has been made 'a misery'. It also shows Eddie as less cowardly because we can see how much Eddie has been affected by what Marco said before. ...read more.

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Marco is not looking down from the bridge because either he has absolutely no respect for Eddie or that he was sent back to Italy. The decision lies in the hands of the audience. This action also fits very well into the title of the play. I ended the play with a speech by Alfieri, which is also what Miller did. Alfieri's role in the play is to act like a chorus. He fills in the gaps of the story to help the audience understand what is going on. I think it was important for Alfieri to end the play because Alfieri is the 'mechanism by which the play unfolds.' Alfieri is the only character who the audience can actually trust, firstly because he is not actively involved in the action of the play. Alfieri simply comments on the action and re-tells the story which is shown by most of his lines being spoken in past tense. Alfieri is the only connection between the audience and the play so it would be good for Alfieri to end the play. Miller uses Alfieri as a way of showing the passing of time and so it is necessary for him to end the play. In my script after Eddie's death, Alfieri is lit up so that the audience focuses on him, and gives a final soliloquy, which is needed to calm the audience down after another scene of high tension. This is similar to Miller's ending which is like a eulogy, as it looks back over Eddie's life. Also in Miller's chosen ending Eddie, the tragic protagonist dies saying Beatrice's name, which shows how he was still faithful to his wife, and he didn't let his feelings for Catherine stop him carrying out his duties. In this sense he is a hero. His 'fatal flaw', however (his love for Catherine) will not allow him to be happy. As Beatrice says- 'you can never have her.' Miller's chosen ending brings out the themes of law and justice, love, religion and honour in the play. ...read more.

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