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'A View from the Bridge ends in tragedy. Explore how the audience's response is shaped towards this conclusion throughout the play.'

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YEAR 10 GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE COURSEWORK ASSIGNMENT TITLE: 'A View from the Bridge ends in tragedy. Explore how the audience's response is shaped towards this conclusion throughout the play.' Arthur Miller is a world-renowned playwright and dramatist who was born in New York City in the year 1915. Miller studied at the University of Michigan where he started writing some of his better known plays. In the year 1955, Miller wrote a play called, 'A View from the Bridge', it is a 20th century interpretation of the dramatic form. It is set in the late 1940's amidst the Sicilian community in Brooklyn, New York. It is said to be a modern version of a Greek tragedy with its powerful speeches and references to fate. A lawyer, Alfieri re-tells his account as he 'oversees' the events that take place. The play is in two acts, but careful incisions by Alfieri help the audience to reflect on the events that have just happened. The title of the play is based on the Brooklyn Bridge and Alfieri having a view from on top of it. Since this play is supposed to be a modern version of a Greek tragedy, tragic events take place throughout the play. The concept of impending doom is something that is threatening to happen, and throughout this essay, I will go into depth about how Arthur Miller created this atmosphere through his written language and stage directions. ...read more.

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There is now an air of tension and suppressed rivalry in the room. Catherine at this point is sick and tired of the person she loves being denounced in such a way. She therefore challenges Eddie�s authority in asking Rodolpho to dance. Eddie simply freezes and carries on attacking Rodolpho by asking him to box. In this way, Eddie was putting Rodolpho to a sick test. Eddie was wondering if Rodolpho were actually going to hit him. Marco was quiet throughout the whole boxing scene and when it was finished, Catherine and Rodolpho started dancing again. Marco then challenged Eddie to his own kind of test. When Eddie fails to pick up a chair by one leg, Marco does it, exposing his full strength. Although this action was done without any words, Eddie knew what Marco was signalling. Eddie had gone too far and Marco was protecting his baby brother. Justice is the key factor in the final outcome of "A view from the bridge". Without the need for it, the conclusion would have been totally different. The character which if affected the most is most certainly Marco. Justice is the key factor in the final outcome of "A view from the bridge". Without the need for it, the conclusion would have been totally different. The character which if affected the most is most certainly Marco. Eddie has his strongest feeling of injustice when Rodopho arrives. ...read more.

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This means that Eddie's tragedy is he denying that which is true, his feelings from within, he refuses to accept them. This contributes to or even constitutes the dramatic irony of the play. The seed of irony is placed at the start of the play where Alfieri starts the play by talking about "Something amusing" whilst walking through the Carbone neighbourhood. He then goes on to tell us this happens because people only think of lawyers "In connection with disasters, and they'd rather not get too close." So from the beginning the audience know something tragic is going to happen as he continues talking about great tragedies. In the end, the only thing Eddie has left with, is the love of his wife even though it could be argued that all he needs is her love although through his own actions his tragic fall ends in death. The tragic form is still relevant in today's society because different people enjoy different aspects of the way people interpret their own reality. People do still want to read how characters get themselves into impossible situations, and people also want to see how they manage to escape. Many films and books today are based on a 20th century tragic form because their target audience still want to read or view them. Reality situations are easier to do cope with, because the audience have seen the circumstances in which characters get themselves into and could use their method on how to handle the predicament. English Literature Coursework Paramjot Jutla 10GR 1 1 ...read more.

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