Thursday, August 1, 2019
Describe how Arthur Miller creates an exciting climax Essay
Ã¢â¬Å"Describe how Arthur Miller creates an exciting climax for both acts of Ã¢â¬ËA View from the Bridge'Ã¢â¬ Ã Ã¢â¬ËA View from the BridgeÃ¢â¬â¢ by Arthur Miller, is a play about obsession and betrayal. The main character, Eddie Carbone, becomes overprotective over his niece, Catherine, to the degree of infatuation. This obsession helps to cause the break down of EddieÃ¢â¬â¢s marriage, as his wife, Beatrice realises the alarming nature of EddieÃ¢â¬â¢s fixation. EddieÃ¢â¬â¢s feelings for Catherine existed before BeatriceÃ¢â¬â¢s cousins, Marco and Rodolfo came, but their arrival intensifies the situation, as Eddie becomes more and more jealous of Rodolfo, and of CatherineÃ¢â¬â¢s love for him. This play is a tragedy and, like most tragedies, it is serious and ends with the death of the main character, Eddie. Eddie dies after betraying his wifeÃ¢â¬â¢s cousins to the immigration bureau. As a result, Marco, who is filled with hatred and in need of justice, stabs him. Arthur Miller was a New Yorker who worked on the Brooklyn docks, for a time. His experience of the docks and of the people around them, led him to write this play, which is set there. During this coursework, my aim is to study the ends of the two acts in depth to see what techniques Miller uses to make them dramatically effective. 1. During the last scene of act one (from page 39 when Catherine puts Ã¢â¬Ëpaper dollÃ¢â¬â¢ on the phonograph) we find out about the relationships of characters in more depth. The sceneÃ 2. Our understanding of this plays characters changes considerably in this final part of act 1. Marco who seemed, prior to this scene, to be quiet and shy shows what he actually feels by demonstrating his feelings about EddieÃ 3. There are many surprises in this scene, we as an audience do not expect Marco who has previously been shy and quiet to make such a blatant challenge as he does in this scene 4. This last scene in act one is used very effectively by Arthur miller to sow the seeds of events which are going to happen in the 2nd act of the playÃ 5. The action in this scene Marcos action of holding up a chair triumphantly in front of Eddie is an interesting and significant action because the chair seems to be a symbolic weapon. Marco is threatening Eddie with it but, in contrast, he actually uses a weapon to kill Eddie in the final scene of the play.Ã 6. although there seems to only be one conflict between characters in this (the one between Marco and Eddie; with the chair) there are actually many 7. This final scene leaves many questions unanswered. The conflicts between the characters in this scene could lead the audience to speculate as to how things will develop in the next act but although this scene gives the audience, some idea of how things turn out it does not tell them everything. They may ask themselves what is going to happen to Catherine and RodolfoÃ¢â¬â¢s relationship since it seems plain that Eddie dislikes Rodolfo and disapproves of his relationship with his niece.Ã 8. Particularly interesting characters within this scene are Marco, who has changed so much and is so different in this final scene of act one to the previous part of the play. 9. The Characters in this scene are very interesting to observe on their own but it is also interesting to see how Arthur Miller has contrasted the actions of his characters in this scene. One such contrast is that between Marco and Eddie. Eddie uses Aggressive action, such as boxing to make his point whereas MarcoÃ¢â¬â¢s subtle challenge with the chair is non aggressive but yet still makes the intended point. These contrasts between the two menÃ¢â¬â¢s actions are very interesting and are very effective in demonstrating the diffe 10. Emotions of the audience towards characters are mixed. They may feel happy for Catherine and Rodolfo in that theyÃ¢â¬â¢ve found each other and seem so happy. Some may speculate, however about that this relationshipÃ¢â¬â¢s days are numbered due to EddieÃ¢â¬â¢s obviously hostile feelings towards rodolfo. 1. The situations that develop in this play would be difficult for anyone to deal with. Eddie finds the situation that he is in especially difficult and consequently he is seriously affected by it. In this play Eddie goes from being a popular man, respected in the community to being a man willing to betray his own family and, in the final scene one prepared to kill. Eddie started by just being over protective of Catherine, which developed into jealousy of Rodolfo because Catherine loved him and this, in turn developed into passionate hatred of both Marco and Rodolfo. Eddie hardly understands what he himself is feeling at the end of the play. These emotional changes are central to Arthur millerÃ¢â¬â¢s play since they help to cause the chain of events leading up to the final tragic end and are very important in creating interest and drama in the play.