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Eddie Carbone in a view from a Bridge.

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During the final scene preceding the end of act 1, Arthur Miller collects the major characters and in particular, he builds up and develops Eddie Carbone's character. I shall now analyse this scene, paying close attention to Miller's use of dramatic techniques. Eddie starts off reading a newspaper, hence demonstrating Eddie's awareness of the outside world. In contrast, Catherine and Rodolfo read a magazine together, which may establish Rodolfo's somewhat feminine nature; by Rodolfo and Catherine reading together it provides a topic for discussion between the two, which could also prove their social nature. Even so, Eddie uses his newspaper as a screen against the other characters. Eddie conveys a 'DO NOT DISTURB' barrier between him and the other characters, accordingly Beatrice goes around Eddie to give him his coffee, but passes it immediately to Catherine and Rodolfo who find magazine reading more open. On stage, I would advise Eddie to initially grasp a tabloid newspaper, such as the "Saturday Evening Post". This very American weekly paper would also confirm Eddie's aspiration to become an American. ...read more.


By saying this, Eddie aims to hurt Rodolfo's feelings and perhaps make him feel like an unwanted boy. Soon afterwards, Eddie tries to explain how American girls are also strict and that Catherine shouldn't arrive home late at night, "till he came here she was never out on the street twelve o'clock at night". In affect, both Rodolfo and Marco try to understand Eddie's point of view, as if he were a father to them. Eventually, Marco comes to a decision and tells Rodolfo to arrive back home earlier. But the audience knows that Eddie fails to express what's really on his mind. Essentially, Eddie understands that if Catherine is seen with Rodolfo by any of Eddie's friends, Eddie's reputation would be ruined and he'll be the joke just like Rodolfo. It is this urge to protect Catherine, to keep her from discovering her independence which makes him increasingly sensitive to the presence of Beatrice's cousins and to Rodolfo in particular, to whom Catherine rapidly becomes attracted. Stress Eddie's fear of losing his authority and his need to assert it as a prime motivating force Later on in the scene, Catherine and Rodolfo begin to dance. ...read more.


It may encourage the passionate mood set by the music. While the fight occurs on stage, I would recommend that Marco stay solitary in the corner. By separating Marco from the rest of the characters, who are supposedly in the centre of the stage, the audience recognizes his presence, without him having to do anything. Marco has cleverly kept quiet throughout the scene unless asked a question, as he may be embarrassed to display his weak language skills. But when Eddie cracks a punch at Rodolfo, Marco suddenly gets involved. Marco challenges Eddie by inviting him to raise a chair from its leg. Eddie has underestimated his opponent and his false sense of confidence about his own strength has led Marco to win the test of strength. Clearly Marco knows his adversary's well and is smart enough to avoid talking, but he prevails in a physical battle. You may think of the chair struggle as a battle for primate dominance, whereby both challengers are fighting to become Alpha male. Nonetheless, in both contests Eddie's authority is undermined and in his own living room. ...read more.

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