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Examine the effectiveness of the ending of 'A View from the Bridge' by A. Miller.

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20th Century Drama Rebekah Scales 11 sz 'A View from the Bridge' *Examine the effectiveness of the ending of 'A View from the Bridge'. The title of 'a view from the bridge' refers to very specific parts. The bridge mentioned is the famous Brooklyn Bridge which joins Brooklyn and Manhattan. Brooklyn is a very industrial city which relies on deliveries to the port whereas Manhattan is a more commercial town that is a lot richer. The view in the title is a pun as it could mean a physical view of the community or an opinion of how the community lives. Moreover the audience is being asked to vie the events on stage. The 'view' which is seen on the cover from the Brooklyn Bridge on the cover is a picture of the tenements, Brooklyn's style of housing which provides most of the residences for Brooklyn's society. Miller saw this as a community populated and worked by people who were poorly paid and in many cases, recent immigrants working in the United States. Brooklyn as portrayed by miller was a very tight knit community. Everyone knows each other and no secrets would be kept, for example the whole neighbourhood would know Marco and Rodolpho were there as soon as they arrived. The waterfront community of Brooklyn Arthur Miller described as a very dangerous and mysterious place. The area was considered dangerous because of the code of honour. If this was broken the consequences were violent and considered very dangerous indeed. The area was also very mysterious to the audience as well as Arthur Miller as they don't understand why the community is controlled by the syndicate and not the law. The syndicate were the people who organised all the illegal immigrant transfers from Sicily to America. The people in the audience were probably better of and well educated and didn't know the 'schedule of the community' and the way the residents behaved and acted towards each other. ...read more.

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As in a Greek tragedy Marco is seen as Eddie's inevitable doom, Eddie cannot escape death. There have been many failed attempts to prevent the final tragedy, these have been made by Alfieri, Catherine, Beatrice and even Rodolpho. Rodolpho tries to stop Eddie by saying 'No he has children, you will destroy a family' But this still doesn't stop Eddie fighting with Marco. As soon as Eddie finds out about Rodolpho and Catherine he is on the path to destruction. This is shown in the final meeting Eddie has with Alfieri, also when he returns home drunk to find Rodolpho and Catherine have probably had sex. In the play Eddie has a high demand for respect this can often affect other characters in the play as Eddie reels them in and gets them involved. At the start of the final scene Eddie tells Beatrice that if she attends the wedding she can't come back to their house. When Eddie tells Beatrice she can't return to his house the audience would be quite surprised. Beatrice having to miss out on her niece's wedding just because Eddie doesn't want to lose his pride. The audience would be telling Beatrice just to go to the wedding but she doesn't want to lose Eddie. Eddie feels that Catherine owes him respect because he took her in after her mother and father died and he also paid for her stenograph lessons so she could get a well paid job. Catherine then enters from the bedroom and seems as if she didn't hear Beatrice and Eddie's conversation. She ask's Beatrice if she's ready as the wedding starts at three and the 'priest won't wait'. When Eddie asks Beatrice whose side she's on, Catherine reacts differently to her whole attitude throughout the play. She suddenly shouts 'Who the hell do you think you are? ' this makes an impression on Beatrice and Eddie. ...read more.

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'Macbeth' written by William Shakespeare arised from the idea of a Greek tragedy. The main character mentioned in the title, meets his inevitable doom at the end of the play. Another play written by Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet also arises from a Greek tragedy when two of the main characters meet their doom. I was quite shocked when I heard the end of the play. Even though I knew it was a Greek tragedy I didn't expect Eddie to die. From the way Miller describes Marco's appearance I could tell he would probably cause some trouble. When Marco picked the chair up over Eddie you could tell Marco wasn't afraid of confrontation if necessary. I think that the message Miller was trying to get across is that fighting isn't the answer and that whatever happens was meant to happen, it's your fate. At the end when Alfieri says the epilogue I think Miller means we can come to a compromise and if they can't then walk away, or else we to will have to face the same consequences as Eddie Carbone. By Rebekah Scales 11sz PAGE PAGE t�t�t�a�aNaN�aNaN�N zgzgTg TgTg g g z T z�zgzTzgTgTg z�z�gzgz�zTzT Normal Normal Default Paragraph Font Default Paragraph Font Table Normal Table Normal No List No List Footer Footer Page Number Page Number *�urn:s ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ,? : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : Unknown�! Times New Roman Times New Roman Symbol Symbol Kristen ITC Kristen ITC Batang Batang Tahoma Tahoma Papyrus Papyrus Tempus Sans ITC Tempus Sans ITC iDaFu|aFr|aF J 20th Century Drama RebekahScales J 20th Century Drama RebekahScales 20th Century Drama RebekahScales Normal Microsoft Word 10.0 Microsoft Corporation 20th Century Drama RebekahScales Root Entry 1Table 1Table WordDocument WordDocument SummaryInformation SummaryInformation DocumentSummaryInformation DocumentSummaryInformation CompObj CompObj Microsoft Word Document MSWordDoc Word.Document.8 ...read more.

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