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

Comment on how Arthur Miller creates a dramatically effective beginning in Act1 of a view from the Bridge.

Extracts from this document...


A View From the Bridge By Arthur Miller English/ English Literature Coursework Task Comment on how Arthur Miller creates a dramatically effective beginning in Act1 of a view from the Bridge. In this essay I will explain how Arthur Miller creates a dramatically effective opening by writing about the initial perceptions of the Carbone family. The tone is created through the characters before the two cousins arrive and the outcome of their onset is the transformation in atmosphere of the Carbone family. I will explain the effect of the historical context, knowing that Marco and Rudolfo are illegal immigrants, and what outcome this has on the audience. The role of Alfieri is also clearly explained, how he is portrayed and how he creates a tense, anxious atmosphere with his narrative, to the audience. Additionally I will explain why the majority of citizens immigrated to America initially and how knowing that, affects the audience. Furthermore how the concluding dramatic scene affects ALL the characters, the atmosphere and the effect on the audience at the end of Act One. Immigrants left Italy, Russia and Germany in 1955 because they thought America was rich had political, economic and religious freedom and a lot of space for growth. Education was of a higher standard and there was supposed to be full employment. ...read more.


There is also a problem with Eddie and Beatrice's marriage, "when am I gonna be a wife again, Eddie?" Eddie tries to avoid a discussion about this while on the other hand Beatrice wants to discuss the situation. This suggests a breakdown of communication. The family also seem to show more strain and anxiety, "if everybody keeps his mouth shut, nothin' can happen", said by Eddie. When Rudolfo and Catherine announce that they are now an item, Eddie's protectiveness over her kicks in. He has now gone further than protective. He is now controlling and manipulative, "I just don't want her hangin' around....", "his patience warring". Rudolfo is seen as a lady figure. He sings, hes blond and self-centred, "...and then I want to go back to Italy when I am rich, and I will buy a motorcycle". While on the other hand Marco is the opposite hes darker and more reserved, "Marco comes with a certain formal stiffness". He is also more responsible, "...my wife, I want to send it right away, maybe twenty dollars." Eddie is the only person to have a problem with Rudolfo. Mike and Louis tell Eddie that Rudolfo has a good sense of humour, which Eddie could perceive in one of several ways. ...read more.


This makes the audience very suspicious and concerned as if something is about to happen, this causes tension and suspense for the audience, that a manly event of some sort is stirring. Eddie tries to teach Rudolfo how to fight, is it a trap? He boosts Rudolfo's confidence by handing him compliments, "he's terrific" then Eddie hits him, "watch out, here I come" this is portrayed like a threat or a warning as if to say, stay away from Catherine. Marco, getting his revenge in some way challenges Eddie, "Can you lift this chair?" But as Eddie soon realises its more than that. Eddie was only ale to lift it 1inch above the ground whereas Marco raised the chair over his head. This was to let Eddie know that he is stronger than him and that he understands what he is up to, protecting his brother and giving him a warning. He laughs this off, "appear like a glare of warning into a smile of triumph" which shows the others he is not threatening him but Eddie obviously knows what he meant. The atmosphere is now tense and formal. Therefore Arthur Miller creates a dramatically effective beginning through out the play. He creates tone; suspense, tense atmosphere and historical context which make the audiences want to continue to watch the play and keep them guessing the whole way through. ?? ?? ?? ?? Charlotte Emberson 10/D ...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. How does Arthur Miller build up tension in Act 1 of 'A view from ...

    He also thinks Rodolpho is quite effeminate because he has blonde hair and likes to sing. In this part of the scene, Eddie humiliates Catherine by making her take her high-heeled shoes off. He teases her by calling her 'Garbo' and tries to make Rodolpho think she is immature by dismissing her dream to become an actress.

  2. A View from The Bridge Coursework

    In Italy, spitting in someone's face is an extreme expression of anger, disgust and revolt towards a person, rarely left unpunished. 'Marco spits in Eddie's face.' Marco does this to show he no longer has no respect for Eddie at all and is disgusted by his behaviour.

  1. Discuss the dramatic importance of the end of Act 1 of 'A View from ...

    Later on, Eddie is teaching Rodolfo how to box, and after a while, everything seems to become tenser. It was just after the incident with the newspaper, so tension is still high. Rodolfo seems awkward at first, and then he starts to enjoy himself (Rodolfo laughs).

  2. "A View from the Bridge" How does Miller develop the dramatic tension between the ...

    Eddie feels triumphant and finishes the phase by once again praising Rodolfo. "He could be very good Marco, I'll teach him again." Here, Eddie suggests that by teaching Rodolfo again, he shall inflict pain upon him once more. By now Rodolfo is feeling resentful and wants to antagonise Eddie.

  1. A View from the Bridge. Hes stealing from me! Look closely at Act 1 ...

    Furthermore Eddie keeps repeating, "You know what I mean?" Because he's trying to hint and trying to make Alfieri guess what he actually means, but Alfieri really doesn't understand Eddie. Thought out this part Eddie does actually mention Rodolfo, and he's really struggling to make Alfieri understand what he means, but never actually expresses his real thoughts.

  2. A View from the Bridge By Arthur Miller - In this essay I am ...

    It is Marco that is his enemy now, not Rodolfo, because Marco has taken Eddie's name and honour. It is Marco's belief that he has the right to take revenge and it is his duty to do so for the sake of his family.

  1. A View From A Bridge Coursework

    He then became very angry and started shouting. "I think I have to get out of here, Eddie." Catherine was telling him that she was going to leave with Rodolfo because of Eddie's behaviour. When she was about to go he pulled her to him and kissed her.

  2. What makes the end of act one in miller's "A view from the bridge' ...

    This gives the audience the idea that she is pure and she is a virgin and Eddie wants her to stay as she is. After the visit with Alfieri, Eddie gets home where everyone is talking about Rodolfo. Catherine seems very fascinated at everything Rodolfo does because of love, Even if some are the simplest things she is amazed.

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