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How does Arthur Miller succeed in building up dramatic tension in the final scene of the play, 'A View From The Bridge'?

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A View From The Bridge How does Arthur Miller succeed in building up dramatic tension in the final scene of the play, 'A View From The Bridge'? 'A View From The Bridge' is a play written and directed by Arthur Miller A writer that got interested in a lower part of Manhattan which is across the Brooklyn Bridge from the richer part of New York City where the play is set. Miller's play concentrates on a particular community full of Sicilian immigrants. This community has responsibilities towards one another, they look out for each other, but soon a character's betrayal casts a shadow on the rest of the community, the same character that is led by fate towards a destiny that cannot be escaped. In the last part of the play, just before Rodolfo enters, Catherine, Eddie and Beatrice have been quarrelling about the wedding. Eddie doesn't want Catherine to get married to Rodolfo because we learnt at the start of the play that Eddie thinks that Rodolfo 'isn't right'. ...read more.

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This tells us that Eddie wants to face up to Marco, that he's not afraid of him, even though we found out that Marco is stronger than Eddie in the past scenes. Just before Marco comes in, Beatrice plays an interesting role. Miller uses her character to make the tension, by her trying to get Eddie to calm down and to play the peacemaker, but the main role she plays in this scene is that what she tries to get out of Eddie. She comments on how Eddie wants something. Eddie yells that 'Marco's got my name', but Beatrice realises that Eddie wants something else. The tension breaks out when Beatrice yells to Eddie, 'you can never have her!' This is what Eddie really wanted, Catherine, to be his and not anyone else's, including Rodolfo, even though she id his niece. The way Eddie is 'shocked, horrified' and has his 'fists clenching', shows that he is angry with Beatrice for saying that. ...read more.

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The tension on the whole, arises when Eddie tells Marco to say to the neighbourhood that he lied about him, but even though Eddie has a knife in his hand and is capable to do anything, Marco still takes no notice and calls Eddie an 'animal'. This shows that Marco still thinks that he is stronger than Eddie; therefore Marco goes for Eddie, turning the knife around and 'pressing it home' towards Eddie. As Eddie dies, the audience feel as if the tension is over, but still feel slightly shocked, as Eddie is dead now and how Marco could kill someone over pity. Overall, I thought that Miller used a variety of ways to succeed in tension in the final scene, for example, the use of body language, how characters reacted to sudden things, and the stage directions. However, I think that how Eddie got killed should have been more dramatic, because the audience could have predicted what would have happened as soon as Eddie pulled out the knife and the source of weapon used should have been a gun as it is more dramatic. Kajal Maisuria 11IW ...read more.

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