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How does Miller build tension in Act One of "A View from the bridge?" The play "A view from the Bridge" was written by Arthur Miller and was set in 1940s and written in 1950s.This was written at a time when illegal immigration and homosexuality was a very tense subject. This play takes place in an area subjugated mostly by illegal immigrants from Italy. It is a poor, disreputable place where crime is usual, gangsters and the Mafia are known quite well. The play is about an Italian family. Eddie is the main character, who lives in a small apartment with his wife Beatrice and her niece Catherine who they both treat as a daughter. Tension in 'A view from the Bridge' is defined as the anticipation and suspense of the audience and the conflict between characters. In this play Miller uses many different effective techniques to create tension. The story flows in a very interesting style and draws the complete attention of the audience. Tension in 'A view from the Bridge' is defined as the anticipation and suspense of the audience and the conflict between characters. Arthur Miller uses many different effective techniques to create tension throughout the play. Miller laid out the flow in a very interesting style and draws complete attention of the audience. Tension in the house is present right from the beginning of this play and even though the narrator, family friend and lawyer Alfieri, has subconsciously warned the audience about an ill-fated ending, they are still unaware of any existing tension. ...read more.


His imagery in front of audience changes as they see more of him. Furthermore, increased tension is build up when Rodolpho and Marco arrive, just off the boat from Italy. In the first conversation Eddie is welcoming. Marco is the straighter talking of the two brothers but the conversation is mainly dominated by Eddie who seems to prefer Marco as he is the more polite, serious and mature brother. Rodolpho is gradually introduced into the conversation and Eddie finds out that Rodolpho is attractive, talkative and friendly individual and also has a good sense of humour. He can see that Catherine and Rodolpho are showing interest towards each other and again change his mood. He becomes very defensive. Catherine is clearly interested in Rodolpho's status: 'You married too? No.' There is also a lot of flirting here and Rodolpho calls Catherine 'beautiful!' It is clear that Eddie does not agree with Rodolpho because of this and he does not think a lot of him: 'he is sizing up RODOLPHO, and there is a concealed suspicion,' as the narrator makes it clear in the stage directions. After few weeks Eddie's language changes towards Rodolpho; his language now seems to insinuate that Rodolpho is gay and is embarrassed to know him because the men at the pier are calling him 'Paper Doll'. Eddie wants to make this obvious and prove this that Rodolpho is homosexual by saying "It's wonderful, He sings, He cooks, and he could make dresses..." ...read more.


Catherine is shocked and openly revolts against Eddie by dancing with Rodolpho. However, Marco is threatening Eddie with his show of strength by lifting a chair with one hand only. Eddie is shocked when he cannot lift the chair but Marco wants Eddie to realise that he will fight for Rodolpho and that Eddie is not as clever or strong as he thinks. At this point, even Rodolpho and Catherine stopped dancing and tension is extremely high as the narrator presents it with stage directions: 'MARCO is face to face with EDDIE, a strained tension gripping his eyes and jaw, his neck stiff, the chair raised like a weapon over EDDIE'S head - and he transforms what might appear like a glare of warning into a smile of triumph, and EDDIE'S grin vanishes as he absorbs his look.' Finally, Eddie is left utterly humiliated and he knows that he cannot do anything to stop Catherine and Rodolpho marrying. He gives up. To conclude, Arthur Miller has built up tension by hinting at various issues and then slowly developing them, scene by scene. Stage directions also play a very important role which tells us as audience that what is going to cause the heartbeat to beat faster. The tension in the scenes is gradually built up until the climax, the moment where Marco picks up the chair and Eddie is left stunned. Miller uses Alfieri to direct the audience towards anticipating some violent end to this play. ?? ?? ?? ?? ANAS AHMAD - 1 - ...read more.

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