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Choose two scenes which you can consider to be particularly interesting moments of dramatic tension. Write about why they are especially dramatic and why they are important in the play.

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Choose two scenes which you can consider to be particularly interesting moments of dramatic tension. Write about why they are especially dramatic and why they are important in the play. Two scenes which I consider to be dramatically important are the scene where Beatrice advises Catherine to distance herself from Eddie, as this is a moment of high tension because, Beatrice is telling Catherine to change the way she acts around Eddie and the boxing match between Eddie and Rodolpho at the end of Act One. This is a moment of dramatic tension because it shows that two out of five characters will side with Rodolpho if the occasion arises, these characters are Marco and Catherine, Beatrice has not shown her feelings because she sees the boxing match between Eddie and Rodolpho as just friendly competition and does not see it for what it really is. The first scene I have chosen is the talk between Catherine and Beatrice in Act One. I consider this scene to be of dramatic importance because Beatrice is telling Catherine to change the way she acts around Eddie and also because Catherine does not realise that she has been acting in a way she should not have. In addition Catherine makes childish excuses for her behaviour. This scene reveals that Catherine is unaware of the way she is acting and makes excuses about her behaviour. ...read more.

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This scene is of dramatic importance because Catherine realises that she is acting in a way that will make Eddie want to have her. The second scene I have chosen is the boxing match between Rodolpho and Eddie this is because it is a very physical scene and the reader or the audience will not know what will happen next. The outcome of this scene is that Marco and Catherine show that they will side with Rodolpho if there is a need to, Catherine does so by asking Rodolpho to dance with her without asking Eddie's permission and Marco shows his allegiance to Rodolpho by the fact that he is Rodolpho's brother and that he sees what Eddie is trying to do and threatened him by raising a chair over his head, this shows Marco's strength and control over Eddie. This creates tension be all the characters, bar one, reveals there thoughts and feeling on the current situation. During this scene four of the five characters reveal their thoughts and feelings about the current situation through a symbolic action, firstly, Catherine moves away from Eddie by asking Rodolpho to dance. She is showing Eddie that she has grown up and that she needs him less than before. Marco reveals that he will side with Rodolpho by lifting a chair over his own head. This shows that he does not like the way that Eddie is treating Rodolpho and that he is watching Eddie's behaviour, which comes around at the end of the play when Marco kills Eddie to save Rodolpho from Eddie's wrath. ...read more.

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Also, Eddie wants to humiliate Rodolpho as he thinks this will stop Catherine from liking Rodolpho and Eddie thinks that this will make her think Rodolpho is a homosexual. Furthermore, Eddie's accusations are fuelled by the fact that Rodolpho sings in a high voice and that he may be singing about feminine men in the song 'Paper Doll'. This song is vital to the success of the play as it describes Rodolpho's life in Italy; the song suggests that Rodolpho might have been a "ladies man". This scene also conveys the 'power struggle', over Catherine, between Eddie and Rodolpho and it causes dramatic tension because allegiances are stated and Marco shows Eddie that he would be victorious in a fight to the death or to the others submission. In conclusion, I believe that both scenes are of a high dramatic tension for different reasons, the first because Catherine is just realising that her actions have caused Eddie to think she is a baby and that her actions have also made Eddie want her for himself, in continuation. We see that Beatrice is more than just a 'pretty face' and that she has seen Eddie's attraction to Catherine for nearly a year. The second scene because the characters are revealing their thoughts and feelings about the current situation, four out of five characters show their feelings and two of them show that they will side with Rodolpho if the occasion arises. ...read more.

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