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A view from the bridge

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Introduction

How Does Arthur Miller Create Dramatic Tension At The End of The Play? A view from the bridge, one of Arthur Miller's first comings when he became interested in the work and lives of large communities of long shore men. Arthur Miller himself worked as a long shore man on New York Brooklyn harbour. This certainly invigorated him into something 'dangerous and mysterious.' A View from the Bridge originated from a simple story Miller's friend had told him about. At the time Arthur was active with numerous other projects he hand entitled to do, so he didn't act upon this piece immediately. His travels along with many potential ideas combined with his clever knowledge and imaginative understanding would give way to something that would later on become controversial. This play was written in 1955, set in Red Hook in a slum area in New York, its exactly as it sounds, dull, dark and full of unwinding drama behind closed doors. Based in 1940s immigration had been illegal at the time when America had banned it due to heavy immigrant incomings, this made coming into America difficult but not impossible. A View from the Bridge at first boasts upon a second generation Italian family, consisting of Eddie, his wife Beatrice and her niece Catherine, these three characters living together pleasantly. These characters play an essential role in dialectical amusement. ...read more.

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This caused dramatic irony because they knew something that the characters didn't and they were witnessing the build up. This left Eddie in a state uneasiness he swiftly went into denial knowing that inside that Beatrice was speaking the truth. Miller showed us the effects when both Catherine and Eddie both exclaimed 'B' and diverted their attention and eyes on her. Miller created this effect cleverly because just as Eddie was going to confront Marco, Beatrice used this as a last attempt to stop Eddie's frenzy. Miller showed us a wife telling her husband that she knows that her partner wants someone else, the biggest effect this would have is on Eddie. Also the way he showed us they horror in the raised voices. The audience and characters didn't suspect Beatrice to confront Eddie like this, since she was torn apart by these 2 sides. Miller runs the tension higher than it already was and straight back down to the confrontation of Eddie and Marco. My second dramatic moment being when Marco first shout 'Eddie Carbone' it almost reaches the climax since that is when everyone knows that something's going to happen and someone won't come out of it alive. The audience would feel an adrenaline rush they know that this is the final confrontation this what at the dramatic tension has been preparing them for and Marco calling for Eddie confirms this for us. ...read more.

Conclusion

Miller used many dramatic devices to help arrange the tension such as raised voices, snappy/fast exchange, interruption, disagreement, actions, body language/facial expression, avoiding conflict/eye contact, pressure mounting up with many others. My response to this play is that the tension gradually built up and stayed and played around until the direct conflicts began between Eddie, Marco and Redolfo with Beatrice and Catherine trying to stop it all. It's tragic at the end but Eddie's death was necessary or there wouldn't be a meaning to this play all this tension was rounded of with Eddie's death but there was a sweet twist. As Alfieri explained to us that Eddie's death was useless and has no meaning he told us that he wasn't bad at heart just his ways were wrong. Eddie couldn't help the way he felt about Catherine it's the way he dealt with it that led him to so much trouble but at the end everyone was free even Beatrice even though she loved him, she wouldn't have to live a fake marriage anymore. Its Catherine who would have to live knowing Eddie loved her and he done all this for her. Miller deposits guilty conscious into everyone when Eddie dies, this play had all this conflict and bad energy bouncing around then at the end it rounded off with al the tension and irony lifting off because what was meant to happen, happened. ...read more.

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