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Show How Arthur Miller Develops The Conflict Between Characters In The Final Scene Of Act One Of

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SHOW HOW ARTHUR MILLER DEVELOPS THE CONFLICT BETWEEN CHARACTERS IN THE FINAL SCENE OF ACT ONE OF "A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE" The play, "A View From The Bridge", was set in the late 1940s in New York, Brooklyn. This was a time when New York was populated and worked by people who were poorly paid, exploited by their bosses and those who were - in many cases - only recent immigrants to the United States, having come to America, as Miller's parents had done, in hope of the work, wealth and security that their home countries could not guarantee. The events that have taken place in the scene before the one that I am about to mention are as follows; Eddie went to the lawyer Alferi and he tries to ask Alferi if there is any law about a girl falling in love with an immigrant. When Alferi explains that there is not any law, then Eddie gets really angry. He starts talking about how Rodolfo is a blond guy and how he is not any good for Catherine. Also, Eddie tells Alferi that he knows that Rodolfo is after his papers and just wants an excuse to marry Catherine. Alferi tries to make Eddie understand that Catherine has to get married some day and Eddie should let go of Catherine, now the time has come. ...read more.


The audiences' focus of the conflict is shifted to the relationship between Eddie and Catherine. Further example of conflict developing is when Eddie exclaims to Beatrice, "Yeah, but he don't have to go looking for it, Beatrice. If he's here to work, then he should work; if he's here for a good time then he could fool around!" This shows that Eddie is very annoyed with Rodolfo for taking Catherine out that late and would very much like to hit Rodolfo. He is also annoyed with Beatrice for correcting him. This type of conflict is know as an outburst because Eddie says his thoughts abut Rodolfo straight out at Beatrice and Rodolfo. The audience is aware of Eddie's outburst that is slowly building up and now Eddie has let it all out. Another example of conflict is when Catherine starts to say, "You wanna dance, Rodolfo?" (Eddie freezes). This shows that Catherine is annoyed with Eddie for telling Rodolfo off for staying out late with her. The Sub-Text reveals Catherine's tone of voice and Eddie's movement as he freezes. The audience can hear and see from Catherine's tone of voice and her facial expressions that she is being spiteful to Eddie. "It's wonderful. He sings, he cooks, he could make dresses..." When Eddie says the above quote, he is being sarcastic to Rodolfo and all the things Rodolfo can do. ...read more.


Also, when he describes Eddie's movement as of rolling the newspaper into a tight roll and then suddenly Eddie tearing it into two. Miller moves the situation to physical conflict when he describes Eddie teaching Rodolfo how to box and Eddie staggering Rodolfo when he lands one of his punches. The final moments of Act One where Marco stands holding the chair above Eddie's head are very effective as Marco's facial expressions are very clear to the audience; he transforms what might appear like a glare of warning into a smile of triumph, and Eddie's grin vanishes as he absorbs his look. These facial expressions tell the audience that a fight might soon take place between Marco and Eddie. The ending of Act One links to the ending of the play in numerous ways. Both the endings have Eddie and Marco involved and both the endings describe Marco being superior to Eddie as in the ending of the play Marco turns Eddie's knife around and pushes it home. This moment has an influence on the audience's feeling towards Eddie because prior to that their feelings towards Eddie was hatred and now they feel sorry for him. The play is a tragedy for the fact that the audience can predict the outcome, the character is unaware of their fate - Marco kills Eddie but Eddie has the intention to kill Marco, as he is the one that has the knife. Ifrah Ahmad 10S Page 1 ...read more.

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