A View from the Bridge: Dramatic Scene

Topics: Anger, The Stage Pages: 3 (1290 words) Published: July 3, 2011
In what ways does Miller make this scene especially dramatic? Explore what it reveals about Eddie. Page 35-42 Miller uses a variety of ways to make this scene dramatic such as the use of stage directions and how they create a lot of tension between the characters. Miller also uses a lot of entrances and exiting between the characters allowing a dialogue to form, permitting an intense emotional confrontation between the characters. For example in the earlier scene, Eddie is talking to Alfieri in his office, Alfieri advises Eddie to let Catherine marry Rodolfo and that he can’t marry her which angers Eddie. “She wants to get married, Eddie. She can’t marry you, can she?””(furiously)What’re you talkin’ about, marry me! I don’t know what the hell you’re talkin’ about!” This shows that he is outraged that Alfieri would think that he would want to marry Catherine, but it also shows that he cannot admit his feelings towards Catherine. In the earlier scene we clearly see the tension growing over Eddie's disapproval towards Catherine and Rodolfo’s growing relationship. It is very clear that Catherine and Rodolfo like each other and Eddie doesn't bother Catherine in anyway except she is confused the fact that Eddie's acting weird towards her new found love. Eddie is back after an unsuccessful attempt to persuade Alfieri that Rodolfo is breaking the law. He also tried to prove Rodolfo is not a "real" man meaning he is Homosexual. "He ain't right" quote was always repeated in Eddie's speech showing he is obsessed and strongly believes in what he says. From an earlier scene we know that when Rodolfo sings ‘Paper doll’ to Catherine, there’s a bit of tension between everyone in the house after Eddie tells him to stop singing, so when Catherine invites Rodolfo to dance to it, it builds up a lot of anger in Eddie. When Catherine asks Rodolfo to dance the stage directions show that “(EDDIE freezes)”, this shows that Eddie’s anger has built up to an extent making it hard for him to...
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