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Explore how the character of Rodolpho contributes to the dramatic tension in Arthur Miller's "A View From TheBridge".

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Explore how the character of Rodolpho contributes to the dramatic tension in Arthur Miller's "A View From The Bridge" Rodolpho is an extravert. Throughout the play he endeavours to make himself recognized by everyone especially Catherine. His loud outward actions and words really aggravate Eddie; he is his nemesis, which is the main cause of the build up of dramatic tension throughout the play. Rodolpho is liked by most although maybe not understood (he is very different to the average American man). Rodolpho puts pressure on characters relationships. He brings themes to the book such as incest, jealousy, law and justice. Overall, Rodolpho is Arthur Millers tool for dramatic techniques. During this essay I will be visiting these subjects. At the beginning of the play Arthur Miller shows how Rudolpho is already affecting the characters relationships after such a short time of living with the family. Rudolpho already has started an argument between Eddie and Beatrice because he has taken Catherine out to the cinema and they have not returned yet and Eddie becomes frustrated. This argument progresses to the subject of their relationship and you can see how Rodolpho has put pressure on their relationship: - Eddie-"They must've seen every picture in Brooklyn by now" Beatrice- "When am I gonna be a wife again, Eddie?" ...read more.

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Then Rodolpho tries to stop him and after struggles and shouting Eddie pins Rodolpho to the wall and kisses him on the mouth. I think he does this to say to him with actions "I can do whatever I want" and I think he also wants to see how he reacts to a kiss from another man to try to show Catherine that Rodolpho is a homosexual. But Eddie's actions completely lose Rodolpho and Catherine's respect for him. This is the end of the strong relationship between Eddie and Catherine. The character Rodolpho allows Arthur Miller to explore certain themes in the play. "Love" which has many meanings, and is sometimes used falsely. Love between Rodolpho and Catherine: from the play it is obvious that Catherine is "in love" with Rodolpho but there is some doubt spread over Rodolpho's love, firstly that he is homosexual or "A weird" as Eddie puts it and secondly that he pretends that he loves her in order to get residence in America through marriage. But both these theories are eddies who is very jealous. Also there is the failing love between Eddie and Beatrice: Although they argued I believe that Beatrice still loved Eddie and this is shown at the end of the book when Beatrice is loyal to Eddie: Catherine-"How can you listen to him? ...read more.

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In the play Rodolpho enables Arthur Miller to use dramatic techniques to create suspense. During the play there are many power struggles, some of which are physical e.g. When Eddie "teaches" Rodolpho to box he pretends to be pleased with his progress but there is genuine hostility beneath the friendly encouragement. Then Eddie gives Rodolpho a full on blow and with this physical action he is telling him that he is the man of the house and not to mess with him. But after this Marco, who realizes Eddie's intent, gives him a chair lifting contest, Marco wins raising the chair symbolically above Eddie's head like a weapon giving Eddie the message "don't cross me or my family-I am stronger than you and I will kill you" This brings great tension to the play with the strong actions giving the reader/viewer of the play the idea that some thing is going to happen between Marco and Eddie. These power struggles would never have happened if it wasn't for Rodolpho because Marco and Eddie are similar. They are both hard working macho men and would get on if it were not for Eddies jealousy of Rodolpho. The use of the stage is very important in the play. It helps to show the tension between characters e.g. When Rodolpho sings Eddie "rises and moves upstage." This shows that he disapproves of Rodolpho's singing. This builds tension because you can tell Rodolpho's singing annoys him, but he is trying to restrain himself from saying anything. ...read more.

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