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The writer Arthur Miller based the play, 'A View from the Bridge' on two Sicilians who value honour and respect.

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A View from the Bridge The writer Arthur Miller based the play, 'A View from the Bridge' on two Sicilians who value honour and respect. The Play is told in the eye of Alfieri, A lawyer who is a witness and a character, which was involved in the events. This play shows how the Sicilians fit into an Italian, American community. Miller showed this by what happened in the story. Eddie had no respect or honour for his cousins, Rodolfo and Marco and paid the ultimate price. 'A view from the bridge' is very good at increasing tension around the audience and decreasing it straight away as well. From pages 35 to 41, I have seen tension increase very fast and likewise decrease at the same rate. At the beginning of the scene, the main characters of the play are sitting around and chatting to each other like any normal American family would do. Eddie and Marco talk about how in Italy they paint fruits so that it looks really juicy and ripe and then it will sell well and will welcome lots of money. Eddie makes a silly mistake which he does not realise, he says that in Italy they paint oranges. Rodolfo corrects Eddie and says, ' They don't paint oranges, they paint lemons. Eddie responds by saying, ' I know lemons are green for Christ sake...' he is very clearly angry and frustrated at having Rodolfo telling him what to do. ...read more.

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Eddie also threatens Rodolfo and Marco by saying, '...if he is here for a good time then he can fool around.' Eddie's feelings are now very much observable, his feelings say that either Rodolfo stops, or both Rodolfo and Marco can leave. Eddie has compelled Rodolfo into two alternatives, either he could gain American citizenship or spend a little time with Catherine and then be forced back to Sicily, either way he could not earn a long term relationship with Catherine, but later on another opportunity unravelled, At the next part of that scene the characters are once again united sitting together as they were previously, like a family. Marco brings up the subject about how proud he is about Rodolfo learning how to cook and clean. Eddie sarcastically comments, 'It is wonderful that he can cook and clean, he could make dresses..' The comment humoured the audience because Eddie's question is disguised, he is really questioning Rodolfo's sexuality because he does everything like a girl. We discover here that Eddie is sexist, just because Rodolfo does things like cooking and making dresses doesn't mean he is woman, Eddie presumes all of these things are just for woman so therefor he is stereotyping. But this is nothing but disrespect and sign of no honour for Marco Later on Eddie tries to show that he meant it as a genuine comment and not a criticism saying, 'If I could sing, if I could make dresses, I wouldn't work in the waterfront, I would work in a dress store.' ...read more.

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Eddie must be very embarrassed and very angry at being outstaged at the competition of strength that he had failed to even do. He must be really cheesed off and knowing how unstable he is the audience expect something very drastic from him. Marco had shown such a big threat without using any harsh actions and even words. He had displayed tremendous amount of strength just to accomplish a small threat; the audience try to imagine what his immense amount of strength would be like if ever used it to do something unthinkable. If Eddie did make another wrong move, will Marco carry out his threat? Will he walk his talk? Theses are the kinds of question that are lurking in the minds of the audience filling them with anxiety. And what is to be of Rodolfo and Catherine? Will they continue to walk down the path that they are ever so joyfully going? Will Beatrice and Eddie be able to salvage their marriage and restore their true love and the passion that had bonded them together once before and hopefully do again? In this scene we have experienced and excellent display of the amount of tension and anxiety that John Steinbeck has created. The ability that he had to keep the audience at the edge of their seat, the way in which he made sure that nobody left at the end of any scene due to the cliffhangers that he left. Athiqur Rahman 10C English Coursework Ms. Dicker ...read more.

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