This extract from A view from the bridge by Arthur Miller is just after Catherine and Rodolfo are left alone at home, In this scene Eddies worst nightmare is realized when he sees both of them together coming from the bedroom.

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With close reference to the following extract, discuss Miller’s presentation of Eddie’s state of mind at this point in the play.

This extract from ‘A view from the bridge’ by Arthur Miller is just after Catherine and Rodolfo are left alone at home, In this scene Eddie’s worst nightmare is realized when he sees both of them together coming from the bedroom. This infuriates him and he believes that the worst has happened. The scene conveys Eddie’s irrational state of mind and highlights his peripeteia. Miller uses the stage directions and character’s dialogues to highlight tension and to convey the rising conflict both external between Eddie and Rodolfo and Catherine by kissing them and internally within Eddie. Miller conveys with the help of language techniques such as: imperative and adjectives, Eddies lack of control over his body which in turn results in his instinctual behavior coming to the fore. Through Miller’s presentation of Eddie’s jealousy and hatred towards Rodolfo the audience slowly loses sympathy for him and is now regarding him as an outcast.

Miller uses the stage directions and dialogues to convey Eddie’s unstable state of mind which creates tension and leads to the climax of the conflict. Eddie enters the apartment ‘unsteady, drunk’ showing that he has been drinking as he takes out the bottles of ‘whiskey’ which conveys that he is unstable and foreshadows potential for conflict. Tension is built up by his impatience and constant calling for ‘Beatrice’ which again emphasizes his drunkenness. The audience senses a rise in tension from Eddie’s unstable mind and his ‘unsteady’ movements which makes then worry for Catherine and Rodolfo as ‘it is the first time they’ve been alone’. Catherine’s entrance is very dramatic as she enters from the ‘bedroom’ and ‘adjusts her dress’ under Eddie’s eyes. The immediately creates tension as Eddie would start to suspect what she was doing in the bedroom, it also creates anticipation for the audience as they know Rodolfo is also in the bedroom. Miller uses Rodolfo’s entrance to convey Eddie’s horror and instinctual behaviours. Rodolfo’s appearance ‘in the bedroom doorway’ sets Eddie’s mind in horror as ‘his arm jerks slightly in shock’. The adjective ‘jerks’ shows that the movement is incontrollable and spontaneous revealing to the audience his shock and horror. This shock results in Eddie losing control over himself and letting his instinctual behaviour come to the fore which leads him onto kissing both Catherine and Rodolfo. The audience is revealed to the truth that with the help of whiskey Eddie is able to let out his true feelings for Catherine which he has been oppressing and trying to ignore. It also makes the audience pity him as he has to use whiskey to numb his pain as he cannot find another way to deal with the problem.

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The act of kissing Catherine on the mouth has sexual overtones and show’s Eddie’s irrational state of mind; it highlights his passion for Catherine and his inappropriate feelings for her.  This is triggered by Eddie’s long affection for her which with the help of the whiskey he is able to face. Eddie’s use of imperatives shows of his self centeredness as he wants to keep Catherine all to himself by commanding her that ‘you ain’t goin’ nowheres’. However the climax of the scene is reached when he ‘kisses her on the mouth’. He does the by force as he ...

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