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With reference to the scene at the end of Act 1, write about why it is an especially dramatic and important scene.

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'A View From the Bridge'- By Arthur Miller 20th Century Drama With reference to the scene at the end of Act 1, write about why it is an especially dramatic and important scene. Marco and Rodolfo are two illegal immigrants. They have moved from Sicily to America in search for the accomplishment of the American dream. The American dream is the hope of work, wealth and security that home countries cannot guarantee; in this case Sicily is the home country. Marco and Rodolfo are staying with their cousin Beatrice, her husband Eddie and their adopted daughter Catherine. Marco wants to earn money for his wife and kids back in Sicily and he quickly earns a reputation for hard work. Rodolfo has no responsibilities and wants to live life to the full. In Sicily there are no theatres; in fact there is no room for happiness, as the country is heading for depression. The two immigrants are extremely grateful for the home offered to them by their family. Marco and Rodolfo are very loyal people, who appreciate and recognise what B. has done for them. This is thanks to the unwritten Sicilian law, which is based around respect and pride. Towards the end of Act 1 we see Catherine making coffee. Catherine dotes on Eddie; she is childish and is always at his beck and call. She wants everything to be perfect for her surrogate father. ...read more.


Marco challenges and tests Eddie. Eddie is a bit taken back; he is being challenged in his own home and he does not like it. When Eddie fails the challenge, he tries to make up an excuse. Marco is a proud man and sticks up for his brother, (Sicilian law). 'Marco is then face to face to face with Eddie, a strained tension griping in his eyes and jaw, his neck stiff, the chair raised like a weapon over Eddies head- and he transforms what might appear like a glare of warning into a smile of triumph'. This hints at what's to come. Through Act 1 Eddie continuously states his authority, letting everyone know whose boss. He is confrontational and becomes arrogant and cocky. He would do anything for Catherine, but he can't admit his weakness. During this scene Catherine's affection for Rodolfo grows and grows. Since Marco and Rodolfo have moved in she has become more mature and adult like. When she was younger, she doted on Eddie, but now Rodolfo has come into her life she has focused her importance on him; she also has become very independent. Beatrice has her loyalties to Eddie and to both Marco and Rodolfo. She has her loyalties to Eddie through marriage, and her loyalties to her cousins because they are family. Beatrice is very confused and is unsure where her commitment lies. ...read more.


Miller builds up the tension between B. and Eddie. B. 'Senses only the comradeship' between Eddie and Rodolfo boxing, but she is very naive, so too is Catherine. 'He feints with his left hand and lands with his right. It mildly staggers Rodolfo' This shows the tension between Eddie and Rodolfo (Eddies hidden feelings for Catherine). This is a warning to Rodolfo. Catherine often rushes to Rodolfo, in fear for his safety and to show her increasing fondness towards him. Catherine cares for Rodolfo and Eddie is weary, and unhappy about it. This builds tension between Catherine and Eddie and Eddie and Rodolfo. When we think about the future of the play we can see that Eddie is discontent, and we can see he must do or say something to tear everyone apart. Eddie, although has given the immigrants a home, has rights to desert the illegal immigrants. This is something the Sicilian's would not do. Earlier on in the play we here of the lad who told of the immigrants staying with his family and from that day on he was discarded from his blood relatives. This is Eddies chance to get his own back on Rodolfo for changing his daughter into a mature young adult, and to stop Rodolfo and Catherine's love increasing. This is an especially dramatic and important scene. At the end of the scene we see a 'strained tension', which hints at what's to come. There are 1833 words in your document. This word count does not include footnotes, headers of footers. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nikki Cooper 10SC Page of 6 ...read more.

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