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Explain the dramatic effectiveness of the scenes in which Eddie calls the immigration officials

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A view from the bridge A view from the bridge by Arthur Miller is set in the late 1940's. Eddie Carbone is working on the docks of New York as an Italian Longshoreman. When Eddies wife, Beatrice's cousins Rodolpho and Marco seek refuge as illegal immigrants from Scilly Eddie agrees to shelter them. Catherine, Beatrice's niece takes a shine to the younger brother Rodolpho and they end up getting engaged. Eddie becomes extremely jealous he believes Rodolpho only wants to marry his niece in order to gain an American citizenship. Catherine and the audience realise that Rodolphos love for her is true, everybody except Eddie seems to realise this, his jealousy gets so immense that he ends up tragically dead. In this essay I am going to explain the dramatic effectiveness of the scenes in which Eddie calls the immigration officials and they turn up at the Carbones home looking for Rodolpho and Marco and the scene in which Eddie is killed. The first scene starts with Eddie visiting Alfieri, the family's lawyer. Alfieri has an important role in this play, without him the play would not be as dramatic. One of the reasons for this is because every time he speaks the light, which is very bright focuses on him and him only, the lighting plays a big part in the dramatic effectiveness of the play. ...read more.


Catherine can't quite believe her eyes and stands there motionless. The immigration officer knocks on the door then again for a second time, Catherine is extremely upset you can tell this by the way in which she storms into the bedroom, its obvious who told the officials and she's very upset. Eddie finally answers the door, the officer hurries in "where are they?" The two officers search the house top to bottom Beatrice looks at Eddie seeing the fear is his face; we then see the first officer descending with Marco behind him Rodolpho and Catherine followed by the second officer, Beatrice then rushes to the door. There's a struggle as Catherine tries to tell the officers that they are only working there "what do yiz want form them? They work, that's all." Just before the officers leave with two immigrants, Marco breaks from the group and dashes into the room which Eddies in Beatrice and the first officer rush in just as they do Marco spits in Eddies face. Eddie then lunges at Marco Eddie shouts in a rage "I'll kill you for that you son of a bitch". The language used makes the scene more exciting, Marco is taken away by the officer as Eddie follows Marco shouts "he killed my children! ...read more.


Eddie brought his death on himself if he hadn't have been so jealous of Rodolpho then he wouldn't have called the immigration officers and they wouldn't have took Marco and Rodolpho to prison and maybe then Marco and Eddie wouldn't have had such a bad argument leading to Eddies death. Alfieri, who is in the crowd turns to the audience, the light goes down leaving him in the slightly in the glow, he says one last speech as the curtains draw. Arthur Miller is very specific about the set of the play; it's very small making it easier for the audience. There is only a small area to concentrate on and the audience can see everything happening. There is a limited number of characters in the play again making the play easier to watch for the audience, there isn't too many different things going on with too many different characters. The lights again makes a big difference to the play when it focuses on one person only it makes what the person says more dramatic and they look more important. This happens to Alfieri a lot during the play this is why I think he has an n important part in making the play dramatic. Another thing important in this play is the facial expressions of the main characters; Arthur Miller is very specific about them and uses them well contributing well to the dramatic effectiveness of the play. ...read more.

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