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How does Miller create tension at the end of act 1 of "A view from the bridge"?

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Year 10 - Post 1914 Drama Coursework (Literature 10%) Look closely at the end of Act 1. How does Arthur Miller create tension in this scene and create clues as to how the play will end? 'A View from the Bridge' is a play script that is based on a true story written by Arthur Miller in the 1950s and published in 1955. 'A View from the Bridge' is a tragedy; a tragedy is a play, often in verse, where a man has an inevitable downfall that you can see from the beginning and his or her death is something that no one can stop. The protagonist in 'A View from the Bridge' is a man named Eddie Carbone. The play is narrated by a chorus, a man named Alfieri. Alfieri is a lawyer in Brooklyn, where the Carbones live; in Alfieri's first speech he says, "I am a lawyer. In this neighbourhood, to meet a lawyer or a priest on the street is unlucky." This shows how they obviously live in a rough area, and how people are not always legal in the way they do things. The play opens with a scene of Eddie and Catherine, Eddie comes home and you immediately feel that he has feelings for Catherine by how he is "pleased and therefore shy about it" and him feeling shy about his feelings make you think that maybe he shouldn't have them or possibly he doesn't want her to know. Catherine obviously looks up to Eddie a lot, and cares a lot for his opinion in the stage directions it says how Catherine is "almost in tears because he disapproves", showing how much she values his opinions and respects him. You learn about Beatrice and how kind she is, "You've got a good aunt, but she's got too big a heart", and it also hints to if there is tension in the family, Beatrice might not want to get involved. ...read more.

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it ain't that much different here." He is saying this about Rodolfo and Catherine, again showing his jealousy and annoying Catherine and embarrassing Rodolfo. It will also get to Beatrice because it shows how worked up Eddie is getting about Catherine and Rodolfo, and paying no attention to her. Now there is tension with everyone in the room, Marco is annoyed at Eddie for being so rude about his family, but also Marco may be annoyed with Rodolfo for getting Eddie to dislike him this much. Catherine is annoyed at Eddie for embarrassing Rodolfo and being rude with no good reason in her eyes. Beatrice is annoyed at Eddie for not caring about her and also for being so mean to Rodolfo, Rodolfo is annoyed at Eddie for him being so mean to him no matter how hard he tries for him to like him. Eddie is annoyed with everyone, he's annoyed with Rodolfo for stealing away Catherine from him, because now he's finally realised that Catherine only has family feelings for him, he's annoyed at Catherine for ignoring him and preferring Rodolfo, he's annoyed at Marco for bringing Rodolfo with him, and for proving him wrong about the oranges, Eddie will be annoyed at Beatrice for inviting Rodolfo and Marco into his house and he is also annoyed with himself, for agreeing to letting them stay with him. Catherine has a strong, almost masculine character, she earns more money than any of the men in her house and she takes control in her relationship. She tries to stick up for Rodolfo and help him get back at Eddie, when Eddie is mean to Rodolfo about him not asking Eddie's permission with Catherine, Catherine puts on a song and asks Rodolfo to dance, she asks him to dance because she knows it will annoy Eddie and she wants to get back at him. It says that she is "flushed with revolt" when she asks him to dance, and Rodolfo picks up on this and doesn't want to annoy or hurt Eddie any more. ...read more.

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They find all four of the immigrants upstairs and bring them down. Marco starts shouting at Eddie, "That one! I accuse that one! ...He killed my children! The one that stole the food from my children!" the whole neighbourhood is watching and listening, and then everyone turns away and leaves Eddie. The only one left is Beatrice. Marco and Rodolfo can be put on bail until their court hearing, but Marco has to promise he wont hurt Eddie. Rodolfo will be fine, because he is going to marry Catherine, but Marco will definitely be deported. Marco promises and they both go. Eddie is at home and Beatrice is with him getting ready for Catherine's wedding. Eddie refuses to let her go, he says that if she goes, she's not allowed back. Catherine turns and starts shouting at Eddie, "He's a rat! He belongs in the sewer!" Rodolfo comes in to warn Eddie about Marco, saying he's praying in the church, and then he's coming for Eddie. Eddie refuses to go away, he stays, waiting in the house. Eddie goes to meet Marco outside and produces a knife. He threatens Marco and tells him to apologise or he'll kill him. Marco shouts at Eddie, "Anima-a-a-l!" Eddie lunges at Marco with the knife, but Marco takes the blade and turns it on Eddie, pushing it into Eddie. Eddie falls to the floor as Marco looks down on him. It is like the ending of act one in that Marco is standing above Eddie, with a weapon, and Eddie has lost. It was inevitable that he would die because he never knew when to stop. However I don't think Eddie deserved to die, he was only doing what he thought was correct, he wanted Catherine, and got jealous that someone else could have her, he never meant to hurt anyone, he just wanted to have Catherine to himself and Rodolfo and Marco to go away. Now there is tension between Beatrice and Marco, and Catherine and Marco, but they are not annoyed, because they knew there was nothing else he could have done. 1 Jemima Wright ...read more.

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