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Examine the dramatic effectiveness of two key scenes between Eddie and Marco. "In the play, the lead character, Eddie Carbone is an

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"A View from the Bridge": Examine the dramatic effectiveness of two key scenes between Eddie and Marco. "In the play, the lead character, Eddie Carbone is an Italian longshoreman working on the New York docks. When his wife's cousins, Marco and Rodolfo, seek refuge as illegal immigrants from Sicily, Eddie agrees to shelter them. Trouble begins when his wife's niece, Catherine, is attracted to the glamorous younger brother, Rodolfo. Eddie's baffled jealousy culminates in an unforgivable crime against his family and the Sicilian community." The playwright, Arthur Miller, writes about an era and district with which he is very familiar. The two scenes that I have chosen to analyse for dramatic effectiveness between Eddie and Marco are: o The last scene of Act 1, where Eddie attempts to teach Rodolfo to box and is challenged by Marco to lift the chair. o The last scene where Eddie refuses to leave the apartment pending Marco's arrival. In the last scene of Act 1 dramatic effectiveness is displayed in a very strong and powerful way. The effect of this scene is very dramatic on the audience because before this particular scene takes place, Eddie's anger and jealousy has been building up. The audience is keen to see how Eddie is going to react to the closeness of Catherine and Rodolfo. When Eddie went to see Alfieri, prior to the final scene of Act 1 he explained how he felt about Catherine seeing Rodolfo. ...read more.


The playwright, Arthur Miller, decides to end the Act at this particular moment because it is a time in the play where both tension and suspense are high. The tension between Eddie and Marco is rising and the playwright wants this to be the end of the Act because it gives the audience time to reflect on how Eddie and Marco's friendship has changed and how it may change further. In the last scene of the play dramatic effectiveness is shown in a very deep and evocative way. The effect of this scene is very dramatic on the audience because it shows them that the only way to get rid of the tension between Eddie and Marco is for them to have a final and fatal 'show of strength'. This 'show of strength' will lead to the tragedy which Alfieri has led the audience to expect. During this scene Eddie, Beatrice, Catherine and Rodolfo are waiting inside the apartment for Marco to arrive. Beatrice is trying desperately to persuade Eddie to leave the apartment because she wants to avoid any trouble. However, Eddie is adamant that he will not leave, he says, "Where? Where am I going? This is my house!" Eddie he has too much pride and feels that Marco owes him an apology for lying about him and embarrassing him earlier on in the play. Eddie feels that Marco has ruined his reputation and he 'wants his name back' he says, "I want my name! ...read more.


They feel that it is important for the people of the community to know the truth about one another. Their reputations are too important so neither of them want to apologize as they think it will make them look weak and even if they do apologize, they still will not have their 'good' name back. Earlier on in the play Eddie tells Catherine about Vinny Bolzano, a boy who snitched" on his own uncle to the Immigration Bureau. This is a hint as to what Eddie may do later on in the play. The story of Vinny Bolzano is a precursor of what is to become Eddie's fate. This also prepares the audience for the fact that Eddie may do something that is "unforgivable for people of Red Hook." Although Vinny was obeying the law what he done was seen as unjust and wrong by the Red Hook as they have their own law. In conclusion I feel that both the last scene of Act 1 and the last scene of the play have a very dramatic effect on the audience. The last scene of Act 1 shows the audience the build up of tension and suspense between Eddie and Marco and the last scene of the play brings the suspense to a tragic end. Both scenes have a dramatic effect on the audience because they both contain the most exciting and predominant elements of the play - tension and suspense. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ateayah Ashraf - 10E English Coursework 1 ...read more.

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