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  1. Jealousy is a very important theme in the play A view from a bridge.

    When Eddie notices that Catherine fancies Rodolfo, he is not pleased. This shows his deep feelings of love for Catherine and his jealously of Rodolfo. Because of his love for Catherine, Eddie does not want to share her with anyone. He wants to keep her only for himself in order to enjoy the beautiful feeling of love. When Catherine does not respond to Eddie?s love, Eddie is deeply hurt which arouses his feelings of jealousy. Quite often this feeling is so strong that it can be destructive.

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  2. The Character of Eddie Carbone

    As soon as the story begins, the first technique Miller uses to present the character of Eddie to the audience is dramatic irony. In the beginning of the play we are lead to believe that something bad is going to happen amongst the play?s ending which was described by Alfieri as a ?bloody course? suggesting violence or death was fast approaching. Alfieri then tells us about a longshoreman working the docks between the Brooklyn Bridge and the breakwater whose name is Eddie Carbone which introduces him as the main character.

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  3. The Importance of the Confessions in "The Crucible".

    Analysis- When Tituba confessed, she confessed with all the details when she could just say ?I saw the devil?. She confessed about what the devil said and her reply to the devil. The reason that she did this is very relevant to her position in real life. In life she is a black coloured slave with no power and rights. She has a dream in her heart that she could not be a slave one day and has everything she wants, to have power to judge others.

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  4. John Proctor - The Crucible

    This is palpable from the line: ?No, no Abby. That?s done with.? This implies he has indulged in something intimate with young character of Abby, which although making him seem arguably slovenly, may actually make him more relatable in that he does not seemingly wade through gold per se, as many other character such as Parris make out. To continue further, the character of Proctor ensures the audience are in no sense believing in the chance of witchcraft, hence aiding the accumulation of absurdity at the happenings of persecution, prejudice and peril throughout the play.

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  5. How is Eddie an interesting character?

    This is shown many times during the course of the play, and is highlighted particularly in the opening scenes. One example of this is when Miller first introduces Eddie after Alfieri�s speech, Eddie has returned home from working on a boat as a longshoreman and says �I�ll see ya fellas�.  This reveals that Eddie is a well-known person in the local community and is an everyman. Furthermore the use of language is very casual and slang is used, this contrasts with Alfieri�s speech which was only just previous in the play where he used very formal language. The fact that they are side by side puts more emphasis on the dialogue and slang of Eddie and further demonstrates that he is an ordinary guy.

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  6. Other Conflicts/Themes in The Crucible other than Witchcraft

    John is also angry with her for not being able ?forget nothin? and forgive nothin??. This causes a sense of mistrust in their relationship and causes them to have arguments. Another conflict in the play is Hale trying to be good at what he does but ends up as a kind of slave for the court until he realizes and tries not to hang people but can?t as the court forces him to sign a contract saying whoever is guilty have to be sentenced to death. This ends up being a conflict about what his knowledge is as when he is normally able to get rid of witchcraft he cannot and when he thinks that it might be something else he is correct.

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  7. Empowerment of three main characters in The Crucible

    This is seen when she ?lept? with ?fright? upon Proctors entrance. Yet, she manages to turn from a ?mouse? to a ?daughter of a prince? as she suddenly gains power from working in the court, trying possible witches. Her increasing power is also shown from her defiance of Proctor when she refuses his order of not going to ?court again?, and responds that she ?must? and ?will be gone everyday?. It also shown through stage directions, when Mary is ?terrified? of Proctor but quickly becomes ?erect?, which highlights her ability to overcome her fear of Proctor because of her growing confidence and power.

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  8. Analysis of end of Act 1 of " A view from the bridge".

    In terms of language, the fact that Miller chose to compare Eddie's eyes to tunnels makes it obvious to the audience that he is only aiming for one thing-Catherine. Tunnels are usually renowned as only having one-way of getting out, one exit. They also are associated with joy; in terms of the light being at the end of the tunnel being something to look forward to, however once the end has been reached, it turns out to be lesser than expected.

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  9. The Crucible. How far is Abigail responsible for the events that ensue in act three and four?

    This apparent conviction convinces Deputy Governor Danforth of her purity, thus leading to Proctors eventual death in act four. Furthermore, Abigail?s effect on the structure shows that she is responsible for the events that ensue in act three and four. Abigail initially affects the structure in act one, where she does not deny witchcraft was practised, instead accusing Tituba for the activity discovered by Parris. She directs the blame from herself to Tituba, and encourages the illusion of witchery, viewing Tituba as an easily overpowered, defenceless part of society, which is structurally profound.

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  10. Death of a Salesman. In this passage, in Act I, Linda, Biff and Happy are discussing Willys detoriating mental state. Biffs anger, Willys pitiful description and Lindas extreme loyalty makes this moment so moving and tragic

    After Willy innocently calls out to Biff, Biff angrily shouts ?What the hell is the matter with him??, even going on the verge of physically attacking him. His hatred emphasises Willy?s vulnerability and adds to the audience?s sympathy for him. The audience, however, are not yet aware exactly why Biff despises Willy so much, as Willy hasn?t yet had the Boston flashback, so in their eyes, his anger seems unjustified. Linda also expresses concern that Willy and Biff are so ?hateful to each other? and that they are always ?fighting?, this physical violence in the family adding to the terror in the house.

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  11. How does Miller present the theme of selfishness in the Crucible?

    When Mary accuses Proctor of witchery in order to save herself, she says nothing to defend him. Moreover, in order to stay in power, she happily sends hundreds of people to their deaths, including Mary, who was once her close friend. By the end of the play, she steals all her uncle?s money, so that she can leave Salem where she cannot survive anymore. This is a very selfish act as he has given her a home and she knows that money is his life. The theme of selfishness is also demonstrated through the character of Reverend Parris.

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  12. Compare and Contrast the Exchange between Proctor and Abigail in Act 1 with the Scene between Elizabeth and Proctor in Act 2

    Miller goes further to emphasise this as Abigail says ?You are no wintry man?. This confirms that their relationship is based on ?heat? as she even goes as far as to say that no coldness or even common sense is present within John when he is with her. This defines their relationship completely as she denies that coldness exists within them. In complete contrast to the semantic field of heat in Act 1, during the exchange between Elizabeth and Proctor the semantic field revolves around the cold. Miller uses this to present their relationship as controlled and strained.

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  13. In What Ways Has Arthur Miller Made Act Three Of The Crucible So Dramatically Intense?

    In Act Three of Arthur Miller?s ?The Crucible? there are three main moments of tension that builds towards a dramatic ending to the act. One of these points is when Mary Warren cannot faint which is incredibly suspicious within the court. Furthermore, she runs from the court which gives the audience a number of questions to ask such as ?What has she got to hide?? The next tensest moment is where Abigail Williams and the girls see the yellow bird and start copying her.

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  14. Elizabeth Proctor Monologue for Act 2

    I have practically lost all faith in him. It?s as though I don?t even know who he is anymore. He constantly tells me that his ?home is a courtroom? when what he fails to realise is that the ?courtroom? is in his very heart... Although I am slightly suspicious of Mary bringing the poppet into my home, I must admit I owe her my life. I could have been one of the thirty nine who stand accused, but thanks to my Mary, I am not. One had spoken against me in the court today and if Mary were not there, I would have been without defence.

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  15. How do you respond to Millers presentation of Hale in The Crucible?

    Hale goes through a major personal journey over the course of the play. In Act One, Miller writes of Hale; "His goal is light, goodness, and its preservation" which undoubtedly emphasizes his good intentions and he's psyched to attain a chance to reinforce his talent, but ultimately his goal is to fearlessly fight the Devil. Hale is clearly a man who wants to do the morally correct thing. He believes in the justice system at work in Salem and he, initially, believes in the system of confession and punishment.

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  16. "A View From the Bridge". The main themes in this play are justice and law.

    1. The American laws and the community?s rules conflict throughout the play. The community abides to their Omerta. The Omerta forbids anyone to ?snitch? on each other however Eddie goes against this rule and follows the American law. He does this, as this is his only option left. As a result Eddie loses the respect of his friends and family. Eddie says to Marco during the final event ?I want my name back,? suggesting when he decided to turn against the Omerta he was stripped of his identity within the community. This shows he values community more than the American laws as he proceeded to do anything in order to regain his name.

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  17. Explore the way in which Miller makes this a moving and appropriate ending to the play 'Death of a salesman'

    Specifically, Charley says: ?For a salesman, there?s no rock bottom to the life?. The connotation of ?rock bottom? is the lowest level. This suggests that for a salesman like Willy, it doesn?t matter what his social status is, he just have to get down low and serves his job. ?He?s a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine? The color blue means hope. This indicates that Willy was a person with the desire of reaching success. But to do that ?a smile and a shoeshine? are what it takes.

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  18. Flashbacks in "Death Of Salesman"

    The second flashback is based on the brief scene where Charley and Willy are playing cards and Willy?s inability to accept the truth of reality is revealed. The first flashback made in Act 1 starts off with Willy floating away from reality and believing that he himself is a successful businessman and father. His self-esteem of being an idolized and respected salesman can be referred to the quotation: Someday I?ll have my own business, and I?ll never have to leave home any more.? Miller purposefully colours in Willy?s mind this mental state of having abundance of self-confidence in terms of his career.

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  19. The Crucible, how the characters change.

    And so this afternoon, and now tonight, I go from house to house?I come now from Rebecca Nurse?s house?? (Miller 63-64). Reverend Hale is curious to figure out whether the ones accused are truly guilty of witchery. As the trials proceed and people whom are not confessing are being hanged, Reverend Hale feels guilty for the deaths because of the questioning he did. He says, ?There is blood on my head! Can you not see the blood on my head? (131)! Meaning that Reverend Hale feels he is a part of the reason so many people have died.

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