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How Does The Audience's Opinion Of Eddie Change Throughout The Play "A View From The Bridge"

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HOW DOES THE AUDIENCE'S OPINION OF EDDIE CHANGE THROUGHOUT THE PLAY "A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE" Arthur Miller wrote 'A View from the Bridge� in 1955. The structure of this play is relatively uncomplicated. It is set in the late 1940�s amidst the Sicilian community in Brooklyn, New York. It is said to be a modern version of a Greek tragedy with its powerful speeches and references to fate. A lawyer, Alfieri re-tells his account as he 'oversees� the events that take place. The play is in two acts, but careful incisions by Alfieri help the audience to reflect on the events that have just happened. The title of the play is based on the Brooklyn Bridge and Alfieri having a view from on top of it. Since this play is supposed to be a modern version of a Greek tragedy, tragic events take place throughout the play. The concept of impending doom is something that is threatening to happen. This thrilling and tragic drama is about incestuous love, jealousy and betrayal. Alfieri is a lawyer who works for the Sicilian community in Brooklyn. He opens the play with a very exposing account of what life used to be like and is like in that particular community. The audience knows from that speech everything about Alfieri and about the community in Red Hook. He launches into graphic detail about past bandits and murders and about how justice is very important to the Italians. The community is the 'gullet of New York', which is 'swallowing the tonnage of the world'.This sentence is quite ironic since Red Hook is a fishing town and tonnage is another word for cargo. Alfieri speaks as though Red Hook has swallowed up all the complications of the world and is now reduced to a slum. This creates a vivid mental picture and therefore invents the ideal environment for tragic goings on. ...read more.

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In this section, Catherine finally realises that she has to stand up to Eddie, the man who brought her up. There is a small argument about oranges and lemons and Eddie says how they paint oranges so they look orange. Rodolpho tries to get his point across which concerns lemons. Eddie squashes Rodolpho considerably. The fact that Eddie mentioned the oranges being painted - covering up their identity as an indirect implication to Rodolpho. It could be stating Eddie's point about Rodolpho�s sexuality that he makes out of be someone that he is not. He is painting his character. Beatrice's creates peace and asks Marco about his family. Eddie, pouring oil onto the fire states that some women are unfaithful while their husbands are off earning money. Surprisingly for Eddie, Rodolpho says that life is strict in Italy and Eddie rises to the occasion. Eddie retaliates with the comment that it is also strict here and he does not like Rodolpho bringing Catherine back so late. Marco gives in to Eddie's power, trying to create peace between the two. There is now an air of tension and suppressed rivalry in the room. Catherine at this point is sick and tired of the person she loves being denounced in such a way. She therefore challenges Eddie's authority in asking Rodolpho to dance. Eddie simply freezes and carries on attacking Rodolpho by asking him to box. In this way, Eddie was putting Rodolpho to a sick test. Eddie was wondering if Rodolpho were actually going to hit him. Marco was quiet throughout the whole boxing scene and when it was finished, Catherine and Rodolpho started dancing again. Marco then challenged Eddie to his own kind of test. When Eddie fails to pick up a chain by one leg, Marco does it exposing his full strength. Although this action was done without any words, Eddie knew what Marco was signalling. ...read more.

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Just as Eddie is passionate about getting what he wants and what he thinks is right; Catherine defends what she loves. Rodolpho is a very outgoing character; it is in this that he, and Catherine get on very well together. He is very brave to be able to stand up and sing 'Paper Doll'to three people whom he met ten minutes ago. The words of 'Paper Doll' are very provocative and Catherine loves the music and falls through the hole of love for this man. He came to the States with a very open-ended attitude and with the prospect of fulfilling his dreams. This annoys Eddie because he is not realistic. Marco is the most conservative at the beginning. He is very concerned for his family back in Italy and he wants to start work straight away so that he can send money home. Eddie almost admires him and reassures himself that he would do the same for Catherine if he were in Marco�s position, which he thankfully was not. If Eddie had managed to get Catherine, it would have been unnatural and ridiculous. Beatrice notices the relationship but her unwillingness to speak out makes her part of the problem. The reason why Eddie betrayed his wife's cousins is that he loved Catherine so much. However, even Eddie Carbone could not stand in the way of fate. Rodolpho and Catherine were meant to be together and no amount of vigorous and passionate arguing could stop fate from running its natural course. The doom in this play starts at the very beginning with Eddie�s outward and awkward feeling for Catherine, when he claims her as his own. The prospect of dooms mounts as the play goes on, but the main factor is that the play is about incestuous love, jealousy and betrayal. When these are combined with an underprivileged, passionate Italian way of life, the results are harsh. ?? ?? ?? ?? Joshua Stanton Candidate No. 9127, Centre No. 12234 English Coursework - GCSE A View From A Bridge ...read more.

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