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Discuss the importance of stage directions in A View from the bridge and what they reveal to the audience about the character of Eddie Carbone.

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20th July 2009 Discuss the importance of stage directions in 'A View from the bridge' and what they reveal to the audience about the character of Eddie Carbone. 'A view from the bridge' has very important stage directions as in any sort of drama. They tell the character what to do and can also tell the audience the emotion of the character too. If the play did not have any stage directions the play would be motionless and the audience would not understand what is going on. The stage directions are very detailed and very prescriptive. The play was written in the 1950's and the fact that the stage directions are very detailed means that the play, even in another 50 years time, it will be performed exactly how Miller wanted them to and will look and be performed how it was the first time it was performed. That is one of the reasons why Miller made his stage directions so detailed so that when it was performed over and over again it would look the same as he intended it to be. Also as the stage directions are so clear the actors will find it a lot easier to understand and perform what they are supposed to perform. ...read more.


'Eddie turns to Beatrice who has been avoiding his gaze'. This stage direction shows the awkward relationship these two people have. Considering Beatrice has been avoiding Eddie's gaze this could suggest that the atmosphere between them is tense and she may feel nervous or even scared. We have learnt about Eddie's character that he is a typical Sicilian man- in control and demanding. Eddie is always the dominant character and Beatrice does whatever she can to please him. Eddie reacts differently towards Marco and Rodolpho when they arrive. At the beginning when Eddie meets Rodolpho and Marco for the first time Eddie shakes Marco's hand but not Rodolpho's, this could show the audience that Eddie is already suspicious of Rodolpho. As Eddie shakes Marco's hand this shows that Eddie is sure that Marco is a nice, genuine guy. 'He is coming more and more to address Marco only.' This shows that Eddie prefers Marco to Rodolpho, but this could be because, firstly, Eddie and Marco are around the same age so they will be able to understand each other easier. Marco is very loyal to his family, and has come to Italy to earn money in order to keep his wife and children alive; this is what is expected in the Sicilian code of conduct (the men to provide for the family). ...read more.


head man and show he will never give up but also that he takes the law into his own hands and keeps fighting for it until he does. Eddie finally pulls out a knife, thinking he would finally be able to kill Rodolpho. Instead the knife is turned towards him and he is killed. This is linked to the Sicilian Code of Conduct as the fact that Sicilians dealt with any problems on their own or within their communities, traditionally involving violence, rather than getting the law involved. In conclusion, the stage directions have been extremely important in revealing the characters in this particular play, because they make the audience aware of the characters individual feelings without telling us what they are or the characters speaking and they create imagery, allowing us to discover an easy way to understand the events that had happened in the play. Through Miller's use of stage directions we have learnt that Eddie's character has developed and changed a lot through out the play. Eddie went from head of household and a strong believer of the Sicilian Code of Conduct to nothing. It is difficult to judge whether this is for better or worse as he caused many problems for every character, and the audience were also affected with tension, confusion and empathy for each character. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rio Poulton ...read more.

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