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How does Miller make this extract especially dramatic and how does this scene affect the rest of the play?

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Ben Lovett How does Miller make this extract especially dramatic and how does this scene affect the rest of the play? In this extract we see a crucial change in all the principle characters of the first act. This is facilitated by Miller's detailed use of stage direction, which he also used to ensure that this scene was acted correctly on stage. The scene is rife with tension and pathos. Its almost as if this scene were a trial of strength to put the three men is some sort of hierarchy. ...read more.

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This was a response to Eddie's question, so putting him in the third person seems to separate him from the scene, there seems to be a momentary status reversal between the two characters. All the other characters seem to take Rodolpho's lead, as they are all aware of Eddie's strange behaviour. Beatrice, initially supporting Eddie realised that the situation had gone a bit out of hand when Rodolpho was hit and pulls Eddie back into his chair, saying, 'that's enough Eddie', fully aware that Eddie had far more grave intentions for Rodolpho than he let on. ...read more.

Conclusion

So it would appear at the end of act one that Eddie has managed to isolate himself from his family and the two brothers. One has to feel a sense of Pathos for Eddie, as he is confused by his own feelings and unsure of how to act. Eddie's insecurity has been prominent in this act and this scene seems to highlight it, almost as if the audience are being made aware of Eddie's state at this point perhaps to explain his actions later in the play. ...read more.

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