• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Miller section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Miller essays

  1. A view from the bridge - how does arthur miller create tension

    Further tension is created after the arrival of Marco and Rodolpho, this time between Eddie and Rodolpho. This is because Catherine is obviously attracted to Rodolpho. Eddie becomes really jealous of Rodolpho and thinks Rodolpho is stealing her away from him.

  2. A View From the Bridge - The whole of this play involves symbolism, on ...

    As he never faces up to or even recognises his fatal flaw ( love for Catherine) he never makes a conscious decision about his actions until the very end of the play when he phones the Immigration Bureau. He is carried along by circumstances and reacts to what is happening around him.

  1. How Does Arthur Miller Create tension in "A View from the Bridge"?

    Eddie highly disapproves of her wearing them because of the attention she receives, "And with them high heels on the sidewalk - clack, clack, clack. The heads are turnin' like windmills." and purposely embarrasses her in front of Rodolpho; "What's the high heels for Garbo?

  2. What different types of tension exist within Arthur Miller's 'A View From The Bridge' ...

    This would be made possible as the Mafia would bribe the captains of ships headed from Italy to New York to allow those concerned to stow away, hence they earned the nickname 'submarines'. Upon arrival, they would stay with relatives and the Mafia would provide them with menial jobs so that they could repay their debt.

  1. How does Arthur Miller create tension in "A View from the Bridge"?

    For instance when Catherine wanted to go out to work, Catherine and Beatrice had to ask for Eddie's approval. "A View from the Bridge" is a very tense play right from the beginning. We know that Catherine is Eddie's niece but we see that Eddie has inappropriate feelings for her.

  2. A view from the bridge, pages 40-42

    The accents of the main family, Catherine, Beatrice, and Eddie will be New York- American, while Marco and Rodolfo Italian- American. The set and costumes have been drawn on separate sheets of paper with descriptions of what they are showing and how they are useful and effective.

  1. How does Miller create a sense of tension and impending tragedy through his play ...

    He also comments on her clothes. He notices that her skirt has become short and he tells her straightforwardly: "I think it's too short, ain't it?" but Catherine replies "No, not when I stand up!" Catherine knows that the skirt is short but that it is fashion and what everyone wears, so she doesn't think it is a problem.

  2. A View from a Bridge Act One, Episode five.

    To understand this play better, Alfieri has a special role in this play. He is a narrator and Eddie's lawyer. As the narrator, he knows what is going on in the play. He explains the play to the audience in greater detail.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work