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Discuss the ways in which the final scene in act one from "A View from the Bridge" is dramatically effective.

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Discuss the ways in which the final scene in act one from "A View from the Bridge" is dramatically effective. Miller makes the final scene in act one so dramatically effective by using every conversational topic to build up this tension right up until the end when tension is paramount. Throughout the scene, the characters; Eddie, Rodolfo, Catherine, Marco, and Beatrice do not let their rational behaviour slip. Instead, they are fully wound up until the end of the act enabling sparks to fly later on in the play. The scene opens on Alfieri with his opening line "there are times when you want to spread an alarm." This indicates that he has strong feelings for Eddie Carbone and his family which he cannot act upon, being in the position which he is, a high-powered lawyer, who should not become emotionally involved in his cases. He therefore feels helpless and trapped. He can foresee the tragic events which happen in the play but is unable to do anything about them. ...read more.


This is a dramatically effective opening to the scene because it begins to set up understanding amongst the audience of the characters' more complicated feelings towards one another which is crucial around this point of the play. The section where Eddie loses his temper when attempting to look calm is made dramatically effective by Miller starting off using dramatic irony. The audience knows information about Eddie which the others who are present in the room do not. This is that when Eddie talks about Rodolfo and how wonderful it is that he can sing, cook and make dresses, he is in actual fact being sarcastic but not to the realisation of the other people in the room. By mentioning Rodolfo's talents three times during one small section of the play, Eddie is attempting to show up Rodolfo's homosexuality and the use of repetition emphasises and prolongs this notion. The final time he does this is when he is saying that Rodolfo should not be on the water-front because he has all these talents and in saying this he is also attempting to separate Catherine from Rodolfo. ...read more.


He also brings on this contest to prove that it is his and not Eddie's that is the greater physical strength thus shattering the one thing Eddie was convinced he had over the other two men. The final image of Marco standing "face to face with Eddie" and with "the chair raised like a weapon over Eddie's head" is symbolic of what a small, helpless man Eddie Carbone really is and it is also an ominous image considering what happens later on in the play. This is the last time they will stand face to face like this before they are standing face to face in a death match. In summary, Miller makes the final scene in act one from "A view from the Bridge" dramatically effective with the frequent use of tension and dramatic irony. The use of ominous moments helps to build up dramatic effect for later in the play. Eddie Carbone is Miller's vehicle for articulating complex human emotions and his use of this character's speech and body language which makes this particular scene so dramatically effective. ...read more.

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