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How does Miller create a sense of tension and impending tragedy through his play 'A View From The Bridge'?

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How does Miller create a sense of tension and impending tragedy through his play 'A View From The Bridge'? Arthur Miller creates a sense of tension and impending tragedy throughout his play 'A View From The Bridge'. This begins with the impact of Alfieri's words. Alfieri's words create an atmosphere of tension, because they make the audience know that they are about to view poor, suspicious and uneducated people. "A lawyer means the law, and Sicily, from where their fathers came, the law has not been a friendly idea since the Greeks were beaten." This tells the audience that the characters are the type of people who take the law into their own hands. When Alfieri says "bloody course" he is pointing out to the audience that there will be bloodshed and something to do with a murder will happen. When Alfieri says "A lawyer means the law, and Sicily, from where their fathers came, the law has not been a friendly idea since the Greeks were beaten" he is referring to the Italians in America who don't trust the law because they have never trusted it historically. ...read more.

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I knew where he was going to end... I even went to a certain old lady, a wise old woman, and I told her, and she only nodded, and said, 'pray for him'." These words create tension in Alfieri's mind and he can feel the tension increasing and he knows that this tragedy has already started and will not end whatever anyone does. The tragedy is inevitable. When the audience hear these lines they feel the tension increase and they know that the tragedy is inevitable and that Eddie is heading for doom. Rodolpho and Catherine dancing causes tension because Eddie watches them with anger and Rodolpho feels his glare upon his back. Stage direction: "he stiffly rises, feeling Eddie's eyes on his back, an they dance." The boxing competition is another point that causes tension because it reveals that Edie is trying to show Rodolpho that he is stronger than him and that he should not mess with what is not his. The chair raising competition between Eddie and Marco proves that the tension has spread and increased because Marco has realised what Eddie is getting at and that Eddie is trying to make his point and also make a fool of Rodolpho and make him look small and weak. ...read more.

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The two women support him for a moment, calling his name over and over. He dies in her arms, and Beatrice covers him with her body." Tragedy was inevitable from the outset of the play because of Eddie's personality. The audience feel that Eddie died for what he believed was right. He died to be himself. "Most of the time now we settle for half and I like it better. But the truth is holy, and even as I know how wrong he was, his death was useless, I tremble, for I confess that something perversely pure calls to me from his memory - not purely good, but himself purely, for he allowed himself to be wholly known and for that I think I will love him more than all my sensible clients. And yet, it is better to settle for half, it must be! And so I mourn him - I admit it - with a certain... alarm." Alfieri's ending words tell the audience that Eddie's death was not worth happening and that he should have let Catherine and Rodolpho get on with it and this tragedy would not have happened. Basically, Eddie brought it on himself. ...read more.

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