A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller
Although the theme of betrayal and controversy is touched upon
throughout the play, these subjects are particularly emphasized in Act
2. This, and the fact that the events that occur are catalytic to
future developments in the play make this act one of great importance.
Miller makes use of dynamics to allow the potential for immense drama
and explosive consequences. He creates a powerful cocktail by placing
the three strongest characters together in one room to vent their
emotion, allowing issues of homosexuality and the collapse of a family
to be unveiled. The three characters opinions contrast greatly,
revealing repressed and somewhat unpalatable feelings. The foregoing
drama acts as a build-up to the ultimate "explosion", which is the
kissing scene between Eddie and Rodolfo. This marks the acuteness of
Eddie's views, and perhaps is also an indication that he has become
In order to emphasize the emotionally charged nature of this act, the
effects of music, lighting, and of course stage direction must be
Each emotion has to be shown clearly, as the characters are at the
peak of their roles, where their true natures and personalities are
revealed to the audience.
In this act, Catherine breaks free of her role as "the child", telling
Rodolfo, "I'm not a baby, I know a lot more than people think I know."
Intonation could indicate this change of image, her tone of voice with
Rodolfo being stern and defiant, contrasting with her previous
subordinate nature. She is also quite frustrated, as she is finally
expressing feelings that have been repressed for so long. To show
this, pronounced hand gestures and a raised, slightly aggressive tone
of voice could be used when questioning Rodolfo:
"Then why don't she be a woman?"
"...And now I'm supposed to turn around and make a stranger out of
Rodolfo, however, is more mature than Catherine and, in my opinion,
takes the role of a tutor by listening to her and comforting her. His
tone of voice is calm, patient and understanding as he explains to
her, "Catherine. If I take in my hands a little bird..." The line
"teach me, Rodolfo" further emphasizes this idea.
As this is the scene in which Catherine and Rodolfo share intimacy,
both characters apparel - paired with warm dim lighting - should
create an aura indicative of their desires. Dressed in more womanly
attire, suggestive of her newly found sexuality, the strap of
Catherine's dress falls as Rodolfo clasps her to him.
The sight of Catherine and Rodolfo emerging from the bedroom
aggravates and angers Eddie, and so this should be depicted by
aggressive gestures and a brusque tone of voice. A shadow could be
cast upon his face so it accentuates his anguished grimace and...