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How does Arthur Miller create a sense of tension and conflict at the end of Act 1 of 'A View from the Bridge' (from 'it was at this time that he first came to me' … to the end of the scene)?

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English Coursework - A View from the Bridge How does Arthur Miller create a sense of tension and conflict at the end of Act 1 of 'A View from the Bridge' (from 'it was at this time that he first came to me' ... to the end of the scene)? In my piece of drama coursework I intend to show the ways in which Arthur Miller creates a sense of tension and conflict at the end of Act 1. The title 'A View from the Bridge' has many implicit meanings as the word 'Bridge' could mean many things. For example, the title might have a hidden meaning which Arthur Miller might want you to unravel as you read through the play. A bridge gives an overview like as Alfieri who narrates the action like a Greek chorus which comments on the action on stage and tells the audience what is going to happen. He speaks as if he could predict what will or might arise and he gives an overview of the play. ...read more.

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Eddie goes to talk in confidence to Alfieri about his feelings about Catherine and Rodolfo; still not admitting his true love for Catherine. It increases the tension when Alfieri questions Eddie about Catherine: 'she can't marry you, can she?' Eddie replies irately: 'What're you talkin' about, marry me! I don't now what the hell you're talkin' about!' You can tell his reaction by the stage directions 'furiously', this angers Eddie as he had never realized his true feelings that he had for her. Alfieri again builds up tension by saying he went for some advice from an old woman '... a very wise old woman, and I told her, and she nodded and said 'pray for him'. And so I waited here'. This tells the audience that nothing can be done for Eddie and so they have to wait, like Alfieri, for what is going to happen. Eddie has always disliked Rodolfo but is shocked when Alfieri brings up the idea that he should inform on Rodolfo and Marco to the authorities: 'but I don't think you want to do anything about that, do you?' ...read more.

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He sings, he cooks, and he can make dresses...' and repeatedly says 'This ain't no tenor...Yeah but it ain't right... if you close the paper fast you could blow him over'; 'You wouldn't be lookin for a him you'd be lookin for a her': meaning he thinks Rodolfo is homosexual. Eddie doesn't know how to say it in front of a well respected lawyer, as it is not socially acceptable to be homosexual in their working class society. Eddie is embarrassed when his friends on the waterfront insult him by calling Rodolfo 'paper doll'. Tension comes to a head at the end of Act 1 after Eddie and Rodolfo's boxing 'game' when Eddie knocks Rodolfo down. Marco shows he will mot accept Eddie's treatment of his brother. Eddie displays to Eddie that he is stronger by lifting up the chair and holding it over his head. He only says one word 'here' But it is said proudly and makes the audience feel full of suspense as they don't know what is going to happen. There is lots of tension in this scene and this makes the audience feel tense and anxious. ...read more.

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