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How does the writer use the character Eddie to increase the tension in the scene ?

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How does the writer use the character Eddie to increase the tension in the scene ? The scene starts with Eddie in a bad mood and this continues throughout the whole scene, apart from when he hits Rodolfo, this is the only time when Eddie seems to actually be happy and pleased. Eddie overreacts to anything that Rodolfo says to him. When they are talking about oranges being painted, Rodolfo says, "Lemons are green". Eddie Reacts straight away to Rodolfo. He says, "I know lemons are green for Christ's sake, you see them in the store they're green sometimes. I said oranges they paint I didn't say nothing about Lemons. Eddies reaction was totally uncalled for and inappropriate; Rodolfo was only trying to impress Eddie, but Eddie took his comment as an insult. Eddie thinks that Rodolfo is trying to patronise him by saying that the lemons are green. He knows that lemons are green and thinks that he should not have to be told that by someone like Rodolfo. Eddie tries to separate himself from the rest of the group. The stage directions are, "He (Eddie) goes to his rocker, picks up a newspaper". Eddie does not want to be included within the group, especially at that time because they were talking about where Rodolfo and Marco travelled. Eddie does not want to hear about Rodolfo's achievements. ...read more.


The tearing of the newspaper shows how Eddie is feeling inside. Even tough everyone was watching him, he was not aware that he was actually doing it to the newspaper. Eddie was too busy watching Catherine and Rodolfo dance. He uses the reason of teaching Rodolfo to box as an excuse for releasing some of the anger inside him. At first he appears to be nice to Rodolfo, he says "I'll treat yiz, what do you say, Danish? Do you wanna come along? I'll buy the tickets." But then while he is supposedly teaching Rodolfo to box, the stage direction says "He (Eddie) feints with his left hand and lands with his right" after he has hit Rodolfo he "rubs his hands together", as though he had gained a degree of satisfaction from what he had done. By this time in the play Eddie is very angry and he needs a way of releasing his anger, so he offers to teach Rodolfo to box. Eddie knows that he has never done any boxing before this, so he teaches him the basics of how to punch and then defend. Then he tricks Rodolfo, he pretends that he is gong to hit him with his left but then comes and hits him with his left. ...read more.


This is Marcos warning to Eddie, and he doesn't even have to say anything he just lifts the chair up, and lets it hover over Eddie's head for a while. Eddie knows that Marco is capable of dropping the chair on his head, but Marco is only warning Eddie. This part of the scene is what a warning to what is going to happen at the end of the play, when Marco kills Eddie. During the beginning of the scene Rodolfo looks up to Eddie and tries to impress him. When Catherine first asks Rodolfo to dance he declines and says "(in deference e to Eddie) No, I - I'm tired" Rodolfo doesn't want to do anything to annoy Eddie because he looks up to him, but after Eddie ahs hit him in the face he realises that Eddie does not want to be nice to him. Rodolfo asks Catherine to dance this time, "Dance, Catherine. Come" Rodolfo pays no attention to what Eddie thinks anymore, he has had enough too. Rodolfo was the last person you would expect to go against Eddie but he does, right in front of his face, by dancing with Catherine. By the end of the scene Eddie is completely isolated, everyone in the group has turned against him, in his own home. Eddie is alone and he cannot do anything about it, he has insulted and abused the people around him so they have left him alone. Lucy Wade 10RH ...read more.

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