• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Catherine's diary - 'A View From The Bridge'

Extracts from this document...


How does Arthur Miller make Act 2 Scene 2 of 'A View From The Bridge' dramatically effective? 'A View From The Bridge' is a play set in the 1950s in Red Hook New York. The tragic action arises when Eddie Carbone, an Italian American longshoreman, develops inappropriate strong, possessive and even sexual feelings for his seventeen year old niece, Catherine. These feelings then escalate when a young Italian illegal immigrant named Rodolfo comes with his brother Marco to live with them. Eddie becomes uncontrollably intolerable to him and tension starts to rise between the characters. In Act 2 scene2, a central scene in the play, Eddie loses control by publicly exposing his feelings towards Catherine; this results in him sexually assaulting both Catherine and Rodolfo by kissing them after he suspects that they were having pre-marital sex in his apartment. This is a turning point in the play because Eddie's love for Catherine and contempt for Rodolfo is finally revealed to both characters in such a forceful but effective way. Arthur Miller makes this scene very dramatic by using a range of dramatic devises such as shocking action, powerful dialogue and dramatic irony. This scene also clearly shows the stereotypical cultural background of an Italian American community in the 1950s as being strong, aggressive and male dominating. The scene is made very dramatic by Arthur Miller as soon as Eddie walks on stage. Through stage directions Miller escalates tension by delaying Eddie's arrival. ...read more.


atmosphere of this part of the scene shift from aggressive tension to being moving, as the audience would not anticipate Eddie reacting in such an emotional and vulnerable way. They now may feel more sympathetic towards him. The mood is now low, as Eddie sees that he is losing the battle with Rodolfo for Catherine's heart, while Catherine also loses control of her emotions when making her tough decision to leave Eddie. This is shown when the stage direction describes how 'her sobs of pity and her love for him break her composure' .The audience at this moment are left feeling depressed for the two characters. By the end of her speech, Catherine says to Eddie 'wish me luck' to let Eddie know this is her farewell to him through it is described in stage direction that she has clasped her hands prayfully. Miller is showing here her desperate attempt to get Eddie's approve for her and Rodolfo's marriage. In the Italian American community it would be very important for Catherine to have Eddie's blessing as head of the household. Arthur Miller now creates a sense of dramatic shock and alarming conflict with Eddie's rejection of Catherine's appeal and his absolute loss of his own self control. There is immense shock for the audience as Eddie kisses Catherine against her own will. This dramatic action reveals in a forceful and totally unexpected way, Eddie's inappropriate feelings for her, which have extended a great deal from the start of the play. ...read more.


They may be concerned that he will ruin his own life as well as the lives of Rodolfo and others. Eddie's final threat is to kill Rodolfo, shown when Eddie says 'don't lay anther hand on her unless you wanna go feet first'. 'Feet first' is the way a coffin is always taken out in Church. By both couples not reacting to Eddie's speech it shows how frightened and appalled they are at the threats he had made to them both and miller has set up a memorable climax to this scene when the lights go down on stage as the young couple stand in absolute shock. Miller has ended this scene with the revelations exposed and Eddie not being able to stop Catherine and Rodolfo's relationship despite his violent threats and desperate behaviour. The audience would have ambivalent feelings towards Eddie; this is at disgust at his threats and assaults to Catherine and Rodolfo but at the same time pity that he seems to be a victim of passion he cannot control, or even admit to himself. Also this situation in the apartment had caught Eddie at a particularly bad time as he is drunk and much unprepared. Rodolfo had shown a lack of respect for Eddie by having a sexual relationship with Catherine before marriage, he didn't ask permission to marry Catherine as would be suspected in the Italian community. The audience is now eager to keep a close eye on what may become of this stage action and can anticipate more drama and further conflict and even tragedy between the characters. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sarah Chosen 10T ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The Crucible - How does Arthur Miller use dramatic devices in Act 1 to ...

    3 star(s)

    In an attempt to make what little status she has higher she states that she is 'a good Christian woman.' She does this firstly to avoid being hanged and secondly because more people would believe her if her culture and religion is not as different from them.

  2. Hamlet's Diary

    I asked him what he is doing in Denmark and he replied that he came to see my father's funeral but I said I think it was to see my mother's wedding, I said this because I

  1. Eva Smith's Diary

    So I made my way down to the palace variety bar, where I bought a drink ant sat down seeking work.

  2. How does Arthur Miller explore the theme of masculinity in A View from the ...

    In the play Eddie thinks that Rodolpho is a homosexual; because he sings cooks and sews. When Rodolpho tells Eddie that he sings Eddie seems quite shocked, the dialogue between the two is "I am a singer also though" "You mean a regular-?"

  1. Discuss How The Nature Of The Relationships Between Catherine, Eddie and Rodolfo Are Made ...

    This exchange shows how he sees her; as his little girl rather than a young woman of 17, he instinctively feels the need to protect her, he does not want to see her grow up and this fear of losing her only adds to his reluctancy to let her become a woman and lead her own life.

  2. How do the dramatic techniques used in the play help the audience to understand ...

    Shirley might have said this because she might not want to, or doesn't know how to relate to those of a higher class, or she possibly doesn't get along with her. This also stresses the difference between her and Gillian.

  1. How does Shakespeare Prepare the Audience for the Tragic events of Act 5 Scene ...

    The other device used by Shakespeare is to use vocabulary that constantly refers to death, and the unstoppable future. When Juliet is on the brink of taking the potion she pauses, she begins to worry. Her fears begin to turn into hallucinations and soon her words are out of control and are nightmarish.

  2. How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul, leave ...

    "great charities in Beverly" signaling that all have heard of her and she's traveled far and wide with her great work. Towards the end of Act 1 everything is getting into place and Abigail, to see a way out used Tituba who is an ideal scapegoat as she's a foreigner and a slave with no rights.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work