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How is Suspense and Interest Created At The End Of Act 1- A View From A Bridge

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How is Suspense and Interest Created At the End of Act One? The play 'A View from a Bridge', written by Arthur Miller in 1955, is a tragedy and Alfieri explains this to the audience from the outset immediately. This creates an increase in suspense because what the tragedy actually is remains unknown; although when Alfieri says "watched it run its bloody course" it suggests that the tragedy could be a fight or maybe even a death. When the tragedy occurs also is concealed, as is where it will take place; this is intriguing because the anticipation becomes more intense as the play goes on. Eddie is the main character in the play. In the first act, the audience see many aspects of Eddie's personality, some positive and some negative. The positive characteristics that the character of Eddie displays include integrity; he appears to be reliable, an honest man; and he always contains respect from the Sicilian community, "you'll never see him no more, a guy do a thing like that? How's he gonna show his face?" This is demonstrated when he wants the best from his niece, Catherine, and when he looks after his wife, Beatrice. He is allowing Beatrice's cousins, who have been illegally imported from Italy, to stay in his house. ...read more.

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At the end of Act one it is a particularly crucial point for Eddie and Catherine's relationship because Rodolfo is showing his love for Catherine and vice versa. Eddie is threatened by this and he feels he might lose Catherine. He demonstrates jealous behaviour in a number of ways, one example of this, is the attempts he makes to discourage Catherine from having a relationship with Rodolfo. Eddie's relationship with Rodolfo is crucial to the plot and tempestuous due to the connections with Catherine. Eddie attempts to undermine Rodolfo a considerate amount of times in Act one. He suggests, indirectly, that he is homosexual, "he ain't right," he says this to both Beatrice and Alfieri. He even goes out of his way to make Rodolfo look "less of a man" or a fool in front of Catherine; he often humiliates him and also undermines him. He tries to make him appear less masculine by challenging him to a boxing match. Knowing fully well that Rodolfo doesn't box he decides, instead, to teach him making himself feel more in control, more admirable and will hopefully get praise from it. He also uses this opportunity to make Rodolfo appear a little stupid, because Eddie is better than he is at it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Miller uses a cliff hanger leaving the audience wanting to know more and if the situation, that Act One ends with, is linked strongly to the tragedy that was mentioned right at the beginning of the play. It foreshadows what is to become of Eddie and Marco's relationship because it shows that Marco understands Eddie and sees that he dislikes Rodolfo. Marco will protect his brother, which is demonstrated when he lifts the chair and has "strained tension gripping his eyes and jaw;" so the audience might think that there will be some drama between the three. Questions that the audience are left thinking are like what is the tragedy? What will become of the conflict between Eddie, Marco and Rodolfo? Will Eddie admit his love to Catherine? If so, how will she react? Throughout the first act, Miller keeps the audience gripped and intrigued. Many delicate issues are raised, such as incest and illegal immigration, and because the characters are not well-educated they have limitation to their communication which makes it even fuller of suspense. The suspense and interest increase throughout the act and right at the end it is at its optimum, this is due to issues being exposed and then seeing how the characters react to them. Therefore making the act fantastically intriguing. ...read more.

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