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

How does Arthur Miller build tension in the last scene of act 1 of A View From the Bridge(TM)?

Extracts from this document...


How does Arthur Miller build tension in the last scene of act 1 of 'A View From the Bridge'? 'A View From the Bridge' deals with many issues such as incest, immigration, norms, and values through the use of its main character Eddie Carbone whose inner turmoil is the real conflict of the play. The other characters of Beatrice, Katherine, Rodolpho, and Marco are really just there to help show the audience the character of Eddie and complement his lead role. Eddie's lust for his niece/adopted daughter forces Eddie to break the most sacred of his own and immigrant American laws. He 'snitches' on his wife's illegal cousins, who Eddie had housed for the past months, to the immigration office. The reason for this was the younger cousin Rodolpho was marrying Catherine who Eddie could not ever have for himself, as he had never admitted to himself that he wanted her in that way. The older cousin Marco who had a poor family relying on him to make money back in Italy had in Eddie's eyes 'taken away his name' by calling Eddie a snitch, which he was. ...read more.


'He is weirdly rubbing his fist on to his palm' this implies he has a hidden agenda. Things get tenser as the sparing match gets steadily faster, at first Eddie just 'gently moves his left into Rodolpho's face'. Then things start heating up as 'Rodolpho jabs with more assurance'. Then from Eddie's command to 'put sumpin behind it' 'Rodolpho jabs more seriously at Eddie's jaw and grazes it. Now even Catherine realises something's wrong and the stage directions tell us she watches 'with beginning alarm'. 'They are lightly boxing now' then Eddie 'feints with his left hand and lands with his right. Before Catherine rushes in yelling "Eddie!" to stop. I think Eddie had accomplished his goal as he had 'a certain gleam and a smile' on his face. This is very tense as we see Marco nod back 'dubiously'. Here the audience is uneasy and anxious, they want to know what will happen next, but they are not totally aware what is happening now. With the right actors the audience should be able to sense the building tension. ...read more.


Eddie is more desperate as this maybe his only opportunity to get his name back as Marco is going to be deported. There are many incidents were community law is in direct opposition to the federal law. In community law Eddie's feelings for Catherine are completely wrong but under the law of the US this is allowed. Community law is very much made the feelings or the values of the people. In a Italian neighbourhood religion would be very important and catholic ideas would very much be incorporated in this law. We see this very clearly as telling on somebody is the worst crime under the community law like Judas with the Romans, betraying Jesus to a catholic is the worst crime. The tension in the play A View From the Bridge is built very well and all the underlying issues help to heat the flame of Eddie's story. The law of the land verses the law of the people, incest, and fatherhood are all factors in the build up. By the end the play is shouted out as play reaches boiling point and every member of the audience is totally and completely on edge. This makes for a very enjoyable theatrical event. Farhat Hasan English SET 1 Miss Todd ...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 ...

    Alfieri also gives us a flavour of the ancient Italian set of values that will govern the characters' feelings by telling the audience not just of the current gangster activities and his knowledge of 'Al Capone, the greatest Carthaginian of all', but how the case before him remind him of ancient Rome and Syracuse.

  2. "A View From the Bridge" - Show how Miller presents and develops the relationships ...

    The tension is building up as Eddie can not tell his family what he has done as he knows it is very shameful and now other family's are involved in it he will lose all respect in his neighbourhood.

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

    Furthermore this can show he's been proved wrong once again by Beatrice, who is now on Rodolfo's side. Now there is an awkward silence and then Catharine makes the atmosphere worse, and increases the tension, by asking Rodolfo to dance.

  2. Discuss the importance of stage directions in Arthur Millers "a View from the Bridge" ...

    'Eddie is pleased and therefore shy about it' This stage direction shows a good relationship between Eddie and his niece Catherine right from the beginning of the play. But, as the play progresses further the audience notice just how controlling Eddie is towards Catherine.

  1. What do we learn of the Carbone family and their values in Act 1 ...

    He also says 'you isn't all the girls'. Here Eddie means that Catherine is his, and that he is much more demanding of her - Catherine should only do what he says her to do. All of these factors motivate Eddie to be over-protective of Catherine. Due to Eddie's strong beliefs in the Traditional Italian Values it has

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

    his priorities straight and takes his point of being strict to his advantage. "It ain't so free her either, Rodolfo like you think," Eddie says "pacing up and down," which indicates his agitation. "They think just because a girl don't go around with a shawl over her head that she ain't strict."

  1. How does Miller create tension at the end of act 1 of "A view ...

    I think this shows just how much he does care for Catherine since Catherine dating Rodolfo dating is enough for him to forget about his wife. The tension between Eddie and Beatrice is building stronger now as Beatrice has more reason to worry about his feelings for Catherine.

  2. How does Arthur Miller present characters who engage the emotions of the audience of ...

    us that anyone can make a mistake ant that many of the problems that the prosperous encounter also affect those less fortunate than themselves, and to show us that people are not that different. Eddie Carbone is the tragic hero.

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