Staging the Boxing Scene in A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller

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Staging the Boxing Scene in A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller Arthur Miller is a famous dramatist in around the 1940’s and 50’s. His popularity developed as a result of his plays regarding social issues. The play “A View from the Bridge” focuses on an Italian community that is suspicious of outsiders. Many of the men from foreign countries work on the docks as Eddie Carbone does. The play narrator is a lawyer: Alfieri, he tells the tale of how two men come to Carbone’s house from Sicily, they are illegal immigrants and seek to find work in the US. Carbone finds the work on the docks as Longshoremen. In this essay I will attempt to stage the Boxing scene for the play of “A view from the bridge” in order to express both conscious and hidden emotions portrayed by each of the characters. Numerous factors will be considered to achieve this particular affect. I will examine most quotes focusing particularly on the caste, the scene, body language, the lighting, the placement of actors, the props, the sound affects, the dialogue and the costume. Each of the characters in this scene carries a luggage of feelings due to previous events which occurred earlier in this play. In order to understand the various emotions towards one-another and altered characteristics which each of the characters possess in the boxing scene, I will include a short summary of the incidents which happened previously in the play. Additionally the feelings carried by each of the characters will be described. I may refer to any past incident which may have resulted in this. {The play commences in Brooklyn which is an Italian American community in New York. Alfi... ... middle of paper ... ...e. Beatrice will be dressed in a kitchen apron, this will show her being similar to the mother of all of the characters who undergoes the household chores. Marco and Rodolpho will be dressed casually in shirts and trousers yet Rodolpho will be wearing a pink sweater and worn jeans. To enable the whole crowd to view the stage it will be semi-circled where the first row sits 5 metres away from the stage. The seating rows will become higher as they move away from the stage. I have concluded that this setting is appropriate to a 1950’s audience who want to comprehend the hidden and revealed emotions in each of the characters. This will permit anyone who watches this play in predicting what will take place in future scenes, furthermore will maximise the affect in bringing out the tension for an audience in the 1950’s.

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