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A View From The Bridge - How does Miller create tension in this episode? Comment on the reaction of the characters.

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A View From The Bridge How does Miller create tension in this episode? Comment on the reaction of the characters. (Pages 35-42) Eddie feels threatened by his young guest, Rodolpho the blond Italian immigrant. The reasons why Eddie feels threatened are based on the fact that Catherine seems interested in Rodolpho. Eddie being her guardian for so many years feels that Catherine is drifted away from him and blames Rodolpho for that. Eddie never showed how he really felt about Rodolpho but throughout this scene some tension between the two characters is clearly conveyed by their actions and words. The first clear sign of tensions arises when the main characters are talking about lemons on trees. Eddie makes a joke about how oranges are painted to make them look orange. Marco claims in Italy oranges are orange. Rodolpho then says that lemons are green. What Rodolpho said seems so non-provoking but Eddie uses it to sound resentful towards Rodolpho for no reason at all. Eddie openly expresses his feelings. Beatrice tried to divert attention since she senses tension arising by asking Marco personal questions. The tension does not become unnoticed. ...read more.

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He tries to ease tension with Eddie. Marco advises Rodolpho on some things to please Eddie and calm things down. Marco also reaches the point of apologizing to Eddie. He feels uncomfortable. Eddie justifies his arguments that Rodolpho shouldn't stay out late with Catherine because the more he is out the bigger the chances of him being caught. Beatrice once more defends Rodolpho. She says that the same chances exist in the daytime also. With the stage direction indicating Eddie is "holding back a voice full of anger" illustrates the conflict between the couple. Catherine doesn't stay quiet with all these happening around her. The whole conversation and tension is about her and she gets her chance to react to Eddie's awkward behavior. Catherine becomes provoking and in a way rebels against Eddie by asking Rodolpho to dance with her. From the stage direction we see Eddie's reaction, he freezes. Rodolpho due to the tension and with respect to Eddie he denies her offer. Beatrice once more goes against Eddie by encouraging Rodolpho to dance with Catherine. ...read more.

Conclusion

Rodolpho is defying Eddies control and authority and goes against him. From the other hand Rodolpho might be just na�ve and doesn't take the tension seriously enough. The tension between the characters gets more complicated and really builds up at the end of the episode with Marco's test of strength. Marco challenges Eddie to lift up a chair in an angle with one arm. Eddie tries but he fails. Marco grabs the chair and slowly lifts it up high and raises it over his head. The other characters sense tension between them and stop what they are doing. Marco raises the chair like a weapon over Eddie's head. This action is like a warning to Eddie and a personal triumph for Marco. At this point its like a strong person is facing a strong person. The odd are more equal. Rodolpho was picked on but now the situation is in equilibrium. Due to Eddie's bizarre love towards Catherine and extreme jealousy for Rodolpho tension has builds up in Eddie's house with nearly all the characters being against Eddie. At the beginning there isn't a clear sign at all for any tension but Miller manages to create tension quickly creating now a more interesting pot in the play. ...read more.

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