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By What means does Miller create a sense of Expectations within his audience in the final section of Act 1?

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By What means does Miller create a sense of Expectations within his audience in the final section of Act 1? A View from the Bridge A view from the bridge is a play about a couple called Eddie Carbone and Beatrice who are married. Eddie is an Italian longshoreman working on the New York docks. Beatrice has a niece called Catherine who lives with Eddie and Beatrice. When Eddie's wife's Cousins, Marco and Rodolfo seek immigration from Sicily. Eddies agrees to shelter them. Trouble begins when Catherine falls in Love with the glamorous younger brother Rodolfo which makes Eddie very Jealous. Eddie's baffled Jealousy culminates in an unforgivable crime against his family and Sicilian community. The Story ends in a Tragedy. Firstly, Miller uses language to create suspense and tension. For example a quotation containing Similes would be ''His eyes were like tunnels''. In this quote, found in Act I, Alfieri describes Eddie's appearance at their first meeting, to the audience. Alfieri almost seems to fear Eddie as a paranormal beast, a remnant of the great Greek or Roman tragedy. Alfieri truly believes that Eddie was possessed with, "passion that has moved into his body, like a stranger," and was unable to control him. The passion that Alfieri describes is the passion for his niece Catherine. The passion, unreleased and suppressed in his unconscious was a stranger to Eddie's conscious self that actively denied any thoughts of incest or otherwise. This quote also reveals the style of Alfieri. Alfieri tells the tale of Eddie Carbone as if he is a legend. Eddie is described with dramatic and literary descriptions that are unusual in the dramatic form. A use of a metaphor would be ''It was only a Passion that had moved into his body like a stranger''. That metaphor might also suggest that Eddie's not used to strong emotion because it's never happened to him in the past and Eddie's a strong person who doesn't like to show his feelings. ...read more.


Secondly another Symbolic Physical action is when the boxing lesson happens between Rodolfo and Eddie. It all starts when Rodolfo & Catherine stop Dancing and Eddie then asks Rodolfo whether he's done boxing. When Rodolfo arrives, Eddie is soon to give him boxing lessons. This might be to impress Catherine, to take his anger out on Rodolfo, to make Rodolfo look weak or even prove how Rodolfo is homosexual. Eddie "mildly staggers Rodolfo". This maddens Marco, who "rises" on occasion. When Rodolfo realized Eddie's intentions, he danced with Catherine to possibly anger Eddie. Eddie is also a very proud man and thought he was the strongest. He pushed Rodolfo around, for example, using the boxing lesson to punch him. There is a lot of tension here, as we know Eddie did it on purpose and the audience await everyone's reaction. When Rodolfo falls to the floor it stagers him then to Marco's surprise and perhaps anger is shown by 'Marco rises'. The stage direction is short showing the tension. Eddie realizes that everyone is shocked so he asks Rodolfo 'Did I hurt you, kid?' to which Rodolfo of course answers 'he didn't hurt me. I was only surprised'. Eddie asks this question because he was pretending it to be an accident and he knew Rodolfo would not say Eddie hurt him, as it would indeed show that he is scared of Eddie (which Eddie is trying to prove here and to say to him 'stay away from Catherine or you will mess with me'). Up until this point in the play, Marco has stood still while Eddie pushes Rodolfo around, but now he thinks that Eddie has gone too far so Marco reveals to Marco that he is stronger than him by lifting a chair with just one hand with ease whereas Eddie could not lift it, 'Marco- he kneels, grasps... with strain slowly raises the chair higher...what might look like a glare of warning into a smile of triumph...Eddie's grin vanishes as he absorbs his look'. ...read more.


In addition, the action of going to the church before facing Eddie shows us that he is very religious and cares about his soul. Marco is a very honorable man and believes in his tradition, and the author shows us that through a number of symbols. For example, spitting on Eddie's face once he realizes that Eddie turned him and his brother to the police is a symbol of disgust and revolt for Eddie's actions. In addition, at the end of the play, we are told that Marco went to church before going to talk to Eddie. This action tells us that Marco is ready to give up his life and commit a mortal sin to defend his honor, because what Eddie has done, the breaking of the "omerta'", the breaking of trust, is something that in his culture must never be left unpunished. Throughout the first act of the play, Marco is only referred as a flat character and the only time we are really aware his persona and his strength is at the end of the first act, when he lifts a chair over his head and makes it seem like a challenge to Eddie, as a response for mocking Rodolfo. But only in the second act his character is fully exposed and we see his image transform into a round character. In this play, Marco is portrayed as the victim, since he hasn't done anything to Eddie but he still gets arrested. In addition, although his brother Rodolfo gets away with it by marrying Catherine, he has no other choice but to go back to his hungry wife and sick children in Italy. These thoughts and knowing that Eddie has no regrets for what he has done makes him furious, and at the end of the play he seeks revenge. I believe this play would not be complete without this character. If Marco would have not existed, it would have left Eddie unpunished and alive, and this would be in conflict with the very conception of drama which drives this works. 09/05/2007 Asad Farooq 11B English Coursework Miss Lawson ...read more.

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