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How Does Arthur Miller Make the Last Scene of Act One From A View from the Bridge Dramatic To Watch? Why Is This Scene Important In The Play?

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How Does Arthur Miller Make the Last Scene of Act One From A View from the Bridge Dramatic To Watch? Why Is This Scene Important In The Play? Arthur Miller makes the last scene of act one dramatic to watch by using sound effects such as heartbeats which makes the scene dramatic, direct and to the point. This scene is important because it prepares us (the audience) of the ending of the play. Eddie is a larger than life character; authoritative, wilful and energetic. At the beginning of the play he exudes warmth; he shares a close bond with his niece, Catherine. He is interested in her looks and clothes, he is very proud of the way she has developed into an attractive woman, but he still thinks she is a baby and wants to keep her from other men. He has a different relationship with Catherine, to an extent their intimacy is one of lovers because when Eddie shaves under his pants Catherine is with him and Catherine walks around the house sometimes with her Sip on. Although he loves Catherine he expects her to live her life according to him. His dislike of Rodolpho, which is triggered by the young man's interest in Catherine, is clearly deeply irrational, stirring him into prejudice against men who do not conform to his 'own' type. Equally on the other hand, the revelation of his failed sexual relations with Beatrice raises questions about his own sexuality even if these aren't answered in the play! Beatrice begins as a submissive character whose main aim in life is to make and keep Eddie happy. Clearly she has within her a large flowing reservoir of love and affection for Eddie. ...read more.


Eddie is goading Rodolpho into hitting him because he needs an excuse to really hit him in the face as a reaction to the blow he gets. Cleverly Rodolpho picks this up and backs off as because he does not want to get involved. Rodolpho does not want to lose the love from Catherine just because of a test which someone like Eddie gives him. Eddie does not care about what Rodolpho thinks and tries to tell Rodolpho that he is not man enough to take a 'blow' or even fight with him; 'Don't pity me.' Once again when Eddie delivers this I automatically know tension is sure to rise because when Eddie says this he has a double-meaning. Superficially he means it in a fooling way but really he is trying to say, im man enough, im the one who should have pity on you! As the fighting progresses tension continues to grow. Once Rodolpho becomes confident with boxing he jabs Eddie with assurance. Once Eddie gets hit by Rodolpho he came to know that he is not as hard and strong as he thinks. During the boxing, Catherine is the main source of conflict, Eddie and Rodolpho are both boxing for the same reason. Catherine is the centre of tension. In the production of this play a lot of visual representation is shown. If feelings could were not represented through words and phrases, gestures are used; 'Alarm.' Catherine asks what Rodolpho and Eddie are doing with an alarmed facial gesture. The actress who plays Catherine shows her feelings through gestures and acting. She visually represents panic, shock and anxiety. Whilst the fight progresses Beatrice only senses comradeship. Beatrice misses the point of both Rodolpho and Eddie boxing. ...read more.


And to probably to work in: 'Maybe a lawyer's office some place in New York in one of them nice buildings.' Instead he has to watch her fall in love with an Italian immigrant who has little understanding of America. He does not like it because he works hard for her just so she can educate herself and work amongst posh and nice people. Instead he watches her break his dreams. Going back to the topic of homosexuality, when Eddie kisses Rodolpho he behaves in such a way which reflects back on him badly. Eddie is always against homosexuality yet he kisses Rodolpho which gave us (the audience) a hint that maybe he harbours feelings for Rodolpho. Even though Eddie uses the kiss aggressively to imply that Rodolpho is 'not right' I know that there is no truth in this charge. Even though there are many differences between Rodolpho and Eddie I can confidently say that both the characters offer contrasted versions of what it is to be a man. If emphasis is placed on the internal conflicts which took place within Eddie's family one could say he is seen a man of no insight to his own motivations. Because of this I (the audience member) may feel pity on him but there is nothing blinding about his betrayal of his relatives. In choosing to take that line of action, which has been signalled many times in the play it is clearly a social taboo, he puts himself beyond the sympathy of his neighbours and the audience. I may conclude, then, that despite the excellence of its construction, its theatrical power and the interesting issues which this play raises I can say that there is something that is unsatisfactory about this play which does not unify the public and private issues which it raises. Shalina Jelani 08/05/2007 10PT Eng Coursework ...read more.

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