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A View from the Bridge. Hes stealing from me! Look closely at Act 1 Scene 5 + 6. How is a sense of dramatic tension created in these scenes and how does it contribute to our overall understanding of the main characters of A View From

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"He's stealing from me!" Look closely at Act 1 Scene 5 + 6. How is a sense of dramatic tension created in these scenes and how does it contribute to our overall understanding of the main characters. At the beginning of the scene, one of the first techniques used by Miller to create dramatic tension is created by foreshadowing. Alfieri says "His eyes where like tunnels, my first thought was that he committed a crime." This shows Eddies eyes are deep, black and focused. It could also show Eddie's having tunnel vision, meaning he is completely focused on one task; breaking up the relationship between Rodolfo and Catharine. Alfieri's concern that Eddie has committed a crime or some kind of revenge increases the tension even more, because the audience are made to wonder what he has done. Or weather there is a fight or a big conflict later on in the play. This comment is relevant, because we know that Eddie is involved in a crime at the end of the play. Eddie than says, "He's laughing at her and he's laughing at me" This shows that Eddie wants his respect and this links in with the boxing match that comes later, because the boxing match about respect and power, and from this comment its Eddie asking for respect and having his power back. ...read more.

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This creates tension because it is so untypical of Beatrice, and she could be even be upsetting Eddie. Miller is using dialogue and sentence structure to create tension, as shown in these next parts of the play. Now Rodolfo questions Eddie to ask weather he did, "anything wrong?" This conveys Rodolfo is confused at Eddie, in that Rodolfo doesn't understand why he wont let him have her. Eddie then returns, "Look kid, I ain't her father, I'm only her uncle." But Eddie is clearly acting like her father and Beatrice knows this. This comment creates tension, because Beatrice returns, "Well then, be an uncle!" This shows there are a lot are clearly a lot of unsaid things between Beatrice and Eddie. The stage directions show Eddie looks at Beatrice with "criticising force" Which creates moving tension, because Eddie is pleading for Beatrice to be quiet. Marco then says, "what does he do wrong?" this furthermore creates tension because Marco is making it worse, because the sentences are starting to fire out between everyone. Eddie then bluntly says, "look kid, I'm only talking about her. The more you run around like that, the more chance your taking. I mean suppose he gets hit by a car, where's his papers, who is he?" ...read more.

Conclusion

Eddie chooses to pick to go and watch a fight; he picks this because he knows this is Rodolfo's weakness. This creates tension because Eddie knows this is Rodolfo's weakness and Eddie wants to prove that he is a real man. Miller creates tension in this final part of the scene, by using stage directions to show that the boxing match initially starts out as a play fight, but then ends in physical violence. When Rodolfo 'parries' Eddies first hit, it conveys that Eddie has underestimated Rodolfo. This is highlighted by the fact that Rodolfo 'grazes' Eddie's jaw, which increases the tension. This is mostly because Eddie wants to take is anger out on Rodolfo and would probably like to kill him. Miller continues to up the tension, when there is much more physical violence when Eddie mildly stagers Rodolfo. This shows Eddie means business, and shows Eddie would like to take this much further. Showing there could be more conflict later on. To conclude, this scene sets up the atmosphere for the rest of the play. The techniques used are very effective, the most effective, being the dramatic tension. This leaves the audience hanging on edge, and sets them up for the rest of the play, willing them to watch what will happen, and wondering is Eddie's action will cause his ultimate downfall. ...read more.

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