In this section I will analyse the conversation between Eddie, Marco and Rodolfo at the dinner table. To make it easy to understand I will break the section into 2 parts, the first part is What does the conversation show us about each of the characters? First of all I will talk about MARCO. At the beginning of act 1 we are introduced to a person called Marco who appears shy at first but as the scene continues we start to see a different person.
The word “BLUSHING” (stage direction) shows us that Marco is not very confident when talking to people and that he does not like to argue much.
The quote “YOU COME HOME EARLY, RODOLFO” shows us that Marco is like a fatherly figure towards his brother Rodolfo, it also shows that he is very protective of his brother. The one thing that I noticed about Marco is that he is physically strong but not mentally and socially; basically he would fight someone rather than have an argument.
Secondly I will talk about RODOLFO The way Arthur miller has described Rodolfo shows me that he is never serious he acts more like a child the quote “LEMONS ARE GREEN” shows this. Most characters in the story (apart from Eddie) like Rodolfo he is seen as a good person the quote “NICE GUY” proves this.
Lastly I will talk about Eddie. Firstly he takes the lead as the main character and believes to himself he is the main man in the family an example is “LAUGHING” which shows how confident he is, he tries to cover up his anger towards Rodolfo but doesn’t do a very good job as everyone can clearly see he’s angry.
How is it a dramatically effective opening to the scene? Firstly it follows on from the first scene which is left off as a cliff hanger making people think what will happen next, the last scene finishes with this quote “PRAY FOR HIM… AND SO I WAITED HERE”
This shows that there is a edge to this as there is a two way outcome and that even the characters in the story are unsure as to what will happen next so it keeps the audience on the edge of their seats and wanting more. Section 6 Again I will break this section down. How are the audience kept in suspense by Miller, what are they left thinking? In this scene Eddie challenges Marco “CAN YOU LIFT THIS CHAIR” he says this, as he wants to see how strong Marco is physically.
Marco shocks everyone by showing that he is not scared of Eddie by lifting a chair up by one hand the quote that shows this is “HE TRANFORMS WHAT MIGHT APPEAR LIKE A GLARE OF WARNING INTO A SMILE OF TRIUMPH” Marco is trying to prove to Eddie that being a man is not about boxing it is about strength. Another point in which Marco is trying to show Eddie is that he is the bigger man and that if he messes with Rodolfo he messes with him. This causes drama at the end of the scene because it starts to show conflict between the two.
By now Eddie has realised that he cannot win against Marco as he is too strong for him this makes the audience anticipate when will Eddie strike at Rodolfo as he wont do it in front of Marco. Marco is seen as a shield that has to protect his little brother, he has warned Eddie on a number of occasions, this keeps everyone interested and makes them think, and again the scene ends as a cliff hanger. Now things have changed, as Marco has become the main man.