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In what ways is this scene important in the play? How does Arthur Miller make it particularly dramatic?

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Sally Hargreaves In what ways is this scene important in the play? How does Arthur Miller make it particularly dramatic? Arthur Miller's 'A View From a Bridge' is a play that is all about tragedy and its inevitability. It deals with the themes of reputation, good name, honour and justice throughout the whole of the play, as these were important issues to people living in New York at that time. The particular scene, involves Eddie, an over protective, loving and hardworking labour man, his niece Catherine and her fianc�e Rodolpho. The scene is one of the most important from the play as it is when Catherine finally stands up to Eddie fro the first time in her life and Eddie is clearly taken back by this. 'Eddie, I'm not gonna be a baby any more! [He reached out suddenly, draws her to him, and as she strives to free herself he kisses her on the mouth.]' This particular part of the play also is important for a very different reason. ...read more.

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The kiss symbolises how he is trying to regain 'control' of Catherine and stop her from growing up and growing away from him, it is shown through his emotion and affection for Catherine. This scene also shows the aggressive side to all characters. It seems that all characters in this scene get aggressive when they are trying to protect someone they care for. '[With tears of rage.] Don't say that to me! [Rodolpho flies at him in attack. Eddie pins his arms, laughing, and suddenly kisses him... She tears at Eddie's face.]' Rodolpho is attacking because Eddie is being disrespectful to Catherine his fianc�e, but Eddie knows that he could beat Rodolpho in a fight anytime and mocks Rodolpho by kissing him, showing his complete contempt and disgust for him. But Catherine also knows that Eddie could beat Rodolpho in a one on one fight so she tries to stand up for Rodolpho. ...read more.

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Even from the first stage direction you can tell something inevitable is going to happen. '[Eddie sees him and his arm jerks slightly in shock. Rodolpho nods to him testingly.]' Arthur Miller uses the stage directions to its best using emotive language to indicate strongly how each character is feeling. '[Eddie stands there with tears rolling down his face as he laughs mockingly at Rodolpho. She is staring at him in horror.]' He also uses many exclamation marks to indicate even more how powerful and emotional each line said is. 'Eddie I'm not a baby anymore!' This scene is a very dramatic and important part of the whole play as it is where Catherine finally stands up to Eddie and shows signs of growing up and the scene also shows how uncomfortable Eddie is with the idea of Catherine growing up and away from him. This is a much-needed confrontational scene as it is foreseeable and the tension had built up for it. ...read more.

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