A View from the Bridge - Importance of the Boxing Scene

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“A View from the Bridge” is a tragic play written by Arthur Miller, based on the concept of illegal immigrants being snitched on by their own relatives. In this play, the boxing scene refers to the last part of Act 1 or Episode 5 of the play. So far in the play, we learn that Beatrice and Eddie are married, and their adopted child is Catherine, who is almost a legal adult. Marco and Rodolfo are illegal immigrants from Sicily, who are Beatrice’s cousins. Catherine and Rodolfo soon start to develop feelings for each other, and Eddie is trying to prevent this, as he has an unnatural attraction for Catherine. In the boxing scene, Eddie insults Rodolfo many times, and tries to humiliate him through boxing with him. Marco gets angry…show more content…
This can be shown by, “Sure, he’s terrific! Look at him go!” and “He could be very good Marco. I’ll teach him again.” By praising Rodolfo, he is making Rodolfo want to continue boxing with him. Eddie shows more and more authority over Rodolfo and if they go boxing more, Eddie gets the opportunity to humiliate and embarrass Rodolfo more, and prove to everybody that he is stronger. The tension between the two characters is important, as it continues to grow stronger, until Eddie attacks Marco and Rodolfo. This is important, as this is the point where the tension is first revealed obviously and directly to the reader, through physical actions, although not real violence. The audience may feel that there will be real violence later on in the play, as Eddie keeps encouraging Rodolfo to fight and continuously tries to insult him. Marco’s reaction to the event leads to dramatic reconfiguration of the relationships in the play. Miller foreshadows the events that lie ahead with Marco. This can be shown when Marco challenges Eddie to raise a chair. Eddie fails to complete the challenge, as shown in the quote, “He tries again, and again fails“. The scene was originally in control of Eddie, when he was teaching Rodolfo how to do boxing, but the control suddenly is in the hands of Marco, as he is confident enough to challenge the person with control. Marco gains more control, when he lifts the chair, as shown
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