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  1. A View from the Bridge Eddies two kisses, Start of Act 2

    After Eddie has told Rodolpho to leave, Catherine's loyalties are put to the test and it is obvious that she is having trouble with the idea of separating from Eddie. While she knows she has to move away from Eddie, she has to apologise to him, "I'm sorry, Eddie", which shows that she does still care about him, even if only a little. 'Her sobs of pity and love for him break her composure' Catherine cannot conceal her feelings and we see that while she loves Eddie, she also pities him.

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  2. A view from the Bridge analysis. The Vinny Bolzano Scene

    Eddie demonstrates his dominance over her by simply looking at her, and making her feel guilty for something she hasn't done. The stage direction 'defensively' suggests Catherine is defending herself from an attack by Eddie, even though all he has done is look at her. Throughout the scene Eddie talks down to Beatrice but even more so to Catherine. He uses patronising vocatives such as "kid" to try and belittle Catherine, and make himself more superior.

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  3. A View from the Bridge. This essay will explain and analyse how each individual main character talks in the play A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller.

    He fights a continual struggle against himself, unable to grasp the reality of his feelings. He behaves very differently towards people he doesn't trust; we can see this from how he speaks to Rodolfo, often throwing insults at him under a disguise that only his daughter falls for. 'I can't cook, I can't sing, I can't make dresses, so I'm on the water front. But if I could cook, if I could sing, if I could make dresses, I wouldn't be on the water front.'

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  4. A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Explore the dramatic significance of Act One (pages 22 to 24) and the effect it might have on the audience

    During this introductory meeting Eddie generates a disliking for Rodolfo, which the audience realize, as a result of the magnetism between his niece and Rodolfo. He begins to only address Marco deliberately excluding Rodolfo from his conversation. Towards the end of this scene, Rodolfo and Catherine begin openly flirting, and in the background Eddie is seen with "his face puffed with trouble,"(P22) illustrating to the audience his future anxieties and jealousy in the play. Alfieri opens the scene, acting similarly to the chorus in a Greek tragedy. He comments upon the action whilst also instilling ideas into the audience's mind.

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  5. Discuss the ways Arthur Miller makes us aware of the tragic ending of A View From the Bridge in Act One

    he becomes isolated, this is represented through the different arrangements on scene, towards the end of act one, Eddie's mostly found sitting or standing by himself). This can also be seen through Eddie's language towards his niece ("I don't like the looks they are giving you in the candy store"), the names he calls her "Kate", the way he behaves to her and also through Beatrice's and Alfieri's actions and conversations to Eddie to try and stop what Eddie's doing.

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  6. A View from a Bridge. How Does Betrayal Work as a Thematic Material? Who Does Eddie Betray In The Play? How Is Eddie Punished For His Betrayal?

    All the characters in the play are linked to betrayal which shows how significant and important it is however the theme community undermines the betrayal as it doesn't support it in how Eddie chooses to go against his family and begins his obsession with himself. Eddie betrays numerous of characters in the play ranging from Catherine to Marco. The stage directions tell us that "a phone booth begins to glow...a faint, lonely blow" this is the temptation of ringing the "Immigration Bureau" to "snitch" on Rudolpho and Eddie falls for this.

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  7. Discuss the theme of justice in A view from the bridge, by Arthur Miller

    Alfieri also says 'Justice is very important here', the keywords in the quote are 'important' and, evidently, 'justice', they show how meaningful justice is in the neighborhood in which the play is set, which subtly informs the audience of an ongoing theme which is to be raised at some point in the play, maybe more than once. This prepares the audience for coming conflicts because when one thinks of justice, like Alfieri, they know it can lead to conflict and death, therefore creating dramatic tension.

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  8. Eddie is presented as a forceful, energetic and obsessive protagonist, How far do you agree?

    The next stage directions are 'Catherine almost in tears because he disapproves', this shows that the way that Eddie said this, angrily and forcefully, was upsetting to Catherine. Eddie persists through the scene about Catherine's appearance, showing that he can be obsessive, but drops it when Beatrice enters and he reveals the news of the cousins' arrival. Eddie is then told about Catherine's job offer, he is reluctant at first, asking all kinds of questions such as 'Where's the job? What company?' showing that he is disturbed about the possibility of Catherine taking a job, and needs to know more.

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  9. Human Motivation in the Crucible. Abigail, Thomas Putnam, and Reverend Parris are among those who take advantage of the witch trials and each of them has underlying reasons for their action in the play.

    Before the incidents in Act 1, Abigail drinks a charm to kill Elizabeth Proctor. Yet she blames Tituba for the witchcraft because she fears punishment for dancing in the woods, an activity greatly forbidden in a Puritan society. She quickly becomes the main accuser of the witch trials and adroitly manipulates other girls as well as the entire town into believing her lies. Taking advantage of the situation, she accuses Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft, and does this because of her jealousy and lust for revenge.

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  10. John Proctors Thoughts after his day at Reverend Parris House. John Proctors Thoughts before his Death

    I am too soft on Abigail. Elizabeth does not deserve those foul words coming out of her mouth! This prodigious sin of mine has kept me from being the respectful and loyal husband my wife deserves. Salem is blinded from my dark secret, that I am nothing but pretense. And the incidents in Salem I will not consider lightly. In all my years I have never seen the town so ridden by talk of witchcraft. I doubt Betty and Ruth are ailed by charms. There is no devil walking loose in Salem and attacking whoever he pleases. The Putnam's and Parris ought listen to Rebecca's sensible reasoning, God bless her at this time of worry.

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  11. The Importance of One's Name in the Crucible.

    He asked "Your name is entirely white, is it not." Abigail then replied 'There be no blush about my name.' and when further questioned about her stature Abigail flew into a temper "My name is good in the village! I will not have it said my name is soiled!" These statements show how Abigail would not tolerate having a blackened name and how important it was to maintain an unblemished one. Once the citizens of Salem believed that Abigail had a good and trustworthy name, she had the power to accuse anyone of performing witchcraft.

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  12. Views Toward Eddie In "A View From The Bridge". There are people who loved him, cared about him, people who hated him.

    He is human. He is self-interested like anyone else could be, and that he was just standing up for his own justice all the way long. Yet this fatal flaw :Eddie's jealousy and over protectiveness toward Catherine had made Alfieri and other people watch 'powerless' and led to the tragedy at the end of the play. His love toward Catherine had destroyed his honour toward his community, which was ironic since he was the one telling his family never to betray the illegal immigrants.

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  13. The Crucible Notes - Characters & Quotes

    * Miller invited the audience to see the parallels between Salem witch hunts and America and its investigations by HUAC. * People in Salem have a "predilection for minding other people's business" * Good people like Rebecca Nurse and Elizabeth aren't scared by witchcraft, Miller could be suggesting people's fear is actually driven by their guilty consciences. * Miller uses language to dictate the pace of the play. * The Crucible is an allegory, in this case a story based on Reverend Parris: * Act One opens with Reverend Parris "evidently in prayer" at his daughters bedside.

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  14. How does the writer create atmosphere in this extract? The quote thats why the water front is no place for him (Rodolfo) Eddie is making Rodolfo feel unwanted and like this place is no place for you.

    Eddie then moves on to how Marco and him should go see a fight together, and constantly addressing Marco showing he feels Marco as the only person who can put Rodolfo down a peg or two, he loves the dominance over Rodolfo so then takes advantage of this by always asking for Marco's approval on matters on how Rodolfo has done bad, like when Catherine and Rodolfo were out late at the picture's and Eddie states about how Rodolfo might get picked up if he's out that late and how he 'dragged' Catherine off and shouldn't be out so late with her.

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  15. Death of a Salesman. Nothings planted. I don't have a thing in the ground. Was Willy just talking about planting a garden?

    Gardening brings fertility to the futility of Willy's life. He now realises that he has no tangible proof of his life's work. "Tell me - is there a seed store in the neighbourhood?" shows the urgency in his life to achieve something with his life. The seed symbolises Willy's failure in other ways as well.

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  16. Why is Arthur Millers play called The Crucible?

    The witch trials of Salem are the metaphorical melting pot. The play shows how through previous actions people can give in to their fear and grudges, and seek revenge. For example it can be argued to some point that the trials are not really about witchcraft, as Abigail in private admits to John: 'We were dancing in the woods last night and my uncle leaped out on us. She (Betty) took fright, is all'. But as the trials progress it becomes clear that Abigail, is using her confidence and lies to try and get Elizabeth (John's wife)

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  17. A View from the Bridge. In his portrayal of Italian immigrants, the author is able to use language to his advantage. Each character has a different level of point of view

    Eddie has a strong personality, motivation and relationships with people he knows. Eddie is the main character in A View from the Bridge, Eddie has two personas one of his personas is to be head of the house and makes shore everything runs smoothly and his other personas is to go to work put his head down and work. Eddie works as an alongshore man. "I don't care who sees them go in or out as long as you don't see them go in and out". Eddie says this to Catharine and Beatrice so if the immigration office find out about their illegal cousins from Italy are staying with them all the

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  18. The Crucible - write a letter from Arthur Miller describing his new play.

    I was inspired to write "The Crucible" because I was disgusted by the McCarthy trials. I myself was once subject to this appalling, and ironically enough, "undemocratic" method of accusing people of being communists. A lot of people would not employ me, as I had been blacklisted. Many people in the film industry were denied work just like me, but the blacklist extended to all areas of work. To be acquitted from the accusation of being "un-American", one would have to "pass-the buck". The situation in Salem reminds me of the trials in America, as they both are related to being falsely accused.

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  19. The Crucible. How does Miller make vivid the triumph of superstition over reason and common sense in Salem?

    Through its leaded panes the morning sunlight streams." This depicts a small window letting cracks of light into the room. The significance of the light entering being sunlight is important as the sun is often associated with gods, especially in the culture of American Indians who believe that the sun is their god. The sun comes from high above, like heaven, which is significant as the small cracks represent the small amount of heaven and therefore reasoning that is filtering through the room.

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  20. Discuss Eddie Carbone's Role in 'A View from the Bridge'

    At the start of the play, Eddie is seen as a kind and hospitable man. His family believe him to be caring man and when he allows Bea's family to stay in his home, she describes him as "an angel". Catherine also respects Eddie and when Eddie allows her to go and get a job, she "rushes and hugs him". The community Eddie lives in also sees him as a respectful man. When he takes Beatrice's illegally immigrated family into his home, Louis believes that Eddie has "a lotta credit comin'" to him.

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  21. Discuss the Character and Function of Alfieri in Arthur Millers a View from the Bridge

    He talks about the play in the past tense referring to it as if it has already happened and he has "Watched it run its bloody course". The use of the word "bloody" shows that violence is a recurring theme and also implies that there is a tragic end to it. He first takes off his hat to the audience as a sign of respect and even possibly reminiscence. "You see how uneasily they nod to me? That's because I am a lawyer."

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  22. In 'A view from the Bridge' how does Arthur Miller present Eddie Carbone as a tragic hero?

    Miller presents Eddie as masculine, by making Eddie the one who works and earns money for the family. He is also respected within the community, and honoured by his family. He is also presented as a typical Shakespearean hero with the idea of the fatal flaw - Eddie's being that he falls for his niece, and refuses to settle for half - being her uncle, and by that, he endangers the other aspects of his life, like his own wife, his honour, and his job. He also presents him as a protective figure to Catherine, looking out for her.

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  23. Is the tragedy of A View from the Bridge inevitable?

    For Alfieri, the inevitability of the tragedy resides in its being outside of the law. When Eddie comes to ask his advice, he says: "His eyes were like tunnels; my first thought was that he had committed a crime". The tunnel vision Alfieri describes is, in itself, a metaphor for the tragic arc of the play's action. There is only one route you can take in a tunnel, only one place you can exit. That Eddie hasn't committed a crime only compounds the moral problems; Alfieri replies to Eddie's comments that "All the law is not in a book": "Yes in a book.

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  24. Dramatic Monologue - A View From A Bridge

    I could only hear the accelerated speed at which my heart was beating. I have never felt like this since I was in high school, when I tried out for the school cross country team. My legs became stiffer than they were before. I bit my tongue and drew back a breath; relieving myself of the pain I could feel riding up the sides of my legs. The pain then became too much for myself to handle, I bit my tongue harder and harder as the pain got worse. Suddenly the pain was gone and the feeling of relief over whelmed me.

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  25. Themes of manliness, hostility and aggression in 'View From A Bridge'

    This is a typical Sicilian stereotype - that the man should be head of house. At this stage of the play, Miller creates the impression that Eddie is a loyal Sicilian and abides by the typical 'Mafia rules'. When Marco and Rodolfo arrive, Eddie begins to become more hostile, as he is afraid that he will be challenged for his role of 'head of house'. Eddie attempts to fend off this invisible threat by showing aggression towards Rodolfo when he sings - 'Hey, kid, wait a minute-'. This incident is the trigger of competition between Rodolfo, Eddie and Marco. We see this as there is a tense moment after Eddie tells Rodolfo to stop singing.

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