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a view from the bridge is set in a slum side in red hook, which faces the bay on the seaward side of Brookliyn Bridge

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View from the bridge essay. 16th November 2005 Arthur millers a view from the bridge is set in a slum side in red hook, which faces the bay on the seaward side of Brookliyn Bridge in New York. The background to the conflict is built around a working class couple (Eddie and Beatrice Carbone) and their niece (Catharine.) The small "Family" also had help from two of Beatrice's cousins from Italy (Marco and Roldopho) to obtain the Conflict and perhaps push main character Eddie Carbone to the end of his tether. Marco and Roldopho had travelled from Europe of which, at this point of time had still been suffering from the political and financial effects of World War 2. Europe was very poor at this point of time because during the war the tax prices had risen to pay for military supplies, however Marco and Rodolfo travelled to America for a better chance to survive. Whilst Marco's aims where purely to support his wife and growing family in Italy, Roldopho had planed to buy a motorcycle to satisfy his shallow needs. Catherine, on the other hand, lives with Eddie and Beatrice because her mother died in a tragic event.. So Eddie has taken on a father figure in her life (even though he is not her biological father) and he treats her like his own child. But when we read more into the book we learn that eddies loves Catherine in more than a father and daughter way. ...read more.


But Eddie cannot let her go and he cannot accept that he cannot control her anymore. But then Alfieri tries to reason with Eddie and calm him down but when Alfieri suggests that Eddie is in love with Catherine Eddie doesn't like his feelings being talked about so then alfieri asks Eddie "she cant marry you can she?" and Eddie replies "what're you on about? Marry me! I don't know what the hell you are talking about!" The beginning of the play starts off with a little speech from Alfieri about the end before it even happens. This scene is quite important as it tells us a little about the play and what it is going to be about. The play is a tragedy as it starts off with a normal couple living with a niece and then one of the couple's cousins comes to them for shelter from Italy. But one of the cousins falls in love with Catherine (the niece). So as the relationship between them get stronger the love from Eddie to Catherine gets stronger and Eddie wants more from the relationship that he cannot get. This builds up a load of tension between them, which eventually turns into a tragedy. Arthur miller creates moments of intense conflict in this act by making the characters use a lot of jealousy among them, which creates moments of intense conflict. ...read more.


And by the end of act 1 there is so much tension between some of the characters he makes the reader want to find out what happens next. I think that millers purposes in the last part of act 1 is to make the reader want to read on and find out what happens next, and he done this to9 create excitement for the readers. At the end of act 1 it gives us a sort of idea what might happen in act 2, so then people want to find out and see if what they think is going to happen happens in act 2. This scene adds to the development of the tragedy because we can see how much Eddie has changed and how much he has become more obsessed with Catherine over the scenes, basically it shows how much eddies life has changed with the cousins being in the flat and the surroundings around his home e.g. how he is with the community and how the community is towards him before and after the two cousins were there. And by the end of the play there is so much tension between the characters it results in Eddie getting stabbed and his status in the family and community has dropped rapidly. That shows how much tension there was between the characters. Bethan langdon English coursework A view from the bridge ...read more.

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