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How does Miller develop dramatic tension between the characters in the closing sequence of Act 1?

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'A View From The Bridge' How does Miller develop dramatic tension between the characters in the closing sequence of Act 1? In this sequence Eddie has just seen Alfieri to express his concerns about Catherine and Rodolfo. There is some tension already between the characters. There's tension between Eddie and Rodolfo because Eddie doesn't trust Rodolfo's sexuality and his love for Catherine. Also there's tension between Eddie and Beatrice who have been arguing a lot and no longer have sex. It is through the dialogue and actions of the characters that dramatic tension is built up. You can see this when Eddie is talking and "He has been unconsciously twisting the newspaper into a tight roll" this shows all of he anger he has inside of him. Another example of this is when Eddie says "I heard that they paint the oranges to make them look orange" you have to look below the surface to see what Eddie is suggesting. I believe Eddie is implying that Rodolfo is the orange and has to change his appearance to be something he is not. ...read more.


Marco says "(cautiously) Yes" agreeing with Eddie and taking his side while Beatrice takes Rodolfo's side by saying "Well, he didn't exactly drag her off though, Eddie". When Eddie says "Well, Marco, till he came here she was never out on the street, twelve o'clock at night" Marco says "(to Rodolfo) You come home early now". This shows his respect for Eddie and his wishes. When Catherine suggests that she dance with Rodolfo this increases the tension a lot. This is because Eddie doesn't like Rodolfo anyway because he is very suspicious of his sexuality. Also Eddie has just explained how he believes that a boy should get permission to begin any kind of relationship with a girl. Catherine only asked Rodolfo to dance because she is getting back at Eddie because of his implication that she shouldn't be friends with Rodolfo. Rodolfo says "(in defence to Eddie) No, I - I'm tired." In reply to Catherine's offer to dance. Rodolfo says this since he knows that Eddie doesn't approve of this gesture, he can feel the tension between everyone. ...read more.


Eddie asks "what do you mean?" Marco shows him, ("He gets on one knee with one hand behind his back, and grasps the bottom of one of the chair legs but does not raise it.)" Eddie tries, but fails every time. Marco then shows Eddie how to do it. Marco raises the chair over his head, then "Marco is face to face with Eddie, a strained tension gripping his eyes and jaw, his neck stiff, the chair raised like a weapon over Eddie's head-and he transforms what might appear like a glare of warning into a smile of triumph, and Eddie's grin vanishes as he absorbs his look." Marco is showing his power over Eddie with this game. This is showing how Marco gets the last laugh. The ending of Act One foreshadows the ending of the play where Marco kills Eddie and over powers him again. All of the dramatic tension is below the surface. The characters never show their feelings on one another openly but show it in actions or in their language. They all want to appear that they are being friendly, civilised and even having fun with each other while really there's a lot of tension under the surface. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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