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In What way does Miller create Tension to suggest a Tragic end?

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In What way does Miller create Tension to suggest a Tragic end? Miller clearly uses different aspects of his play "A View from the Bridge" to create dramatic tension. Tension is an emotion escalating in slow motion in this case leading to a tragic end. Miller uses the climax of Act one to create tension for the audience through the acting and the situation the characters are in, and to present the key themes of the play to the audience. Firstly, he uses dramatic irony to give the audience an insight into how the story is going to end, which creates frustration and tension for them, this relates into the theme of a Greek tragedy where there is a appointed conclusion. He uses the fact that in the 1950's, manliness and being the 'man of the house' was a huge part of family life. He combines this with Eddie's desire to control and his obsession with authority, to put the audience on a knife-edge, as to when one of the characters will lose control leading to a tragic end. 'A View from the Bridge' ends in the protagonist's death as said in a 'Greek Tragedy.' Greek Tragedy is a drama featuring a character whose fate is decided by their main flaw. Eddie Carbone's major flaw is jealousy; this is shown, through out the play before and after the arrival of Marco and Rodolfo (Beatrice's cousins.) Near the beginning there is a small argument related to Catherine receiving a job. ...read more.


people come to red hook n search for a better world where as the better off people are in the city of New York enjoying themselves. He reminds us at various intervals during the play that the ending is expected, such as near the end of Act 1: "I could see every step coming, step after step, like a dark figure walking down a hall towards a certain door." The stage directions are important in helping us to imagine exactly what is going on. They help us picture each character's actions and reactions toward different things in the play. They built a lot of tension throughout the play. On page 42, tension builds up after Eddie's tries to his Rodolfo in a game of boxing. Marco instantly takes Rodolfo's back and reminds Eddie's whose boss which he doesn't really like. The chair scene has very slow movements and keeps the reader eager to know what will happen next. "Eddie rubs his fists together", "Eddie comes to the chair, kneels, grasps the leg, raises the chair one inch but it leans over to the floor. He tries again, and again fails" The small movements escalate tension of whether or not Eddie can pass the task given to him by Marco. "Beatrice pulls Eddie down into the rocker" This stage direction shows the shock on Eddie's face and how he had needed to be seated with Beatrice's help slowing. "Rodolfo takes Catherine's hands and takes her in his arms to dance" The other characters in the scene feel obliged to ...read more.


Alfieri tries to persuade him otherwise: "To promise not to kill is not dishonourable" - but Marco's sense of honour it too strong. Marco's need for revenge is stronger than any fear about breaking a promise. This shows his strong Italian morals. Vinny Bolzano's parable foreshadows Eddie's demise. It is clear that, in the eyes of Eddie and Beatrice, Vinny had done something very wrong and was justly punished. Eddie is clear that Vinny will never be seen in the neighbourhood again out of shame: "a guy do a thing like that? How's he gonna show his face?" Family comes first. To betray one's family is a crime and should be punished - Vinny gets no sympathy despite the injuries inflicted upon him: it was seen that he got what he deserved. It is ironic that Eddie does just the same thing as Vinny - 'snitch to Immigration' - to Marco and Rodolfo at the end of the play. The end scene, in which Eddie takes his own life with his own knife, is symbolic of the self-destructive nature that led to such an ending. As Arthur Miller wished to write 'a modern Greek tragedy´┐Ż it is likely that the symbolism of the dagger is Eddie's love and anger for Catherine and the cousins, which drove him to his drastic actions and eventually death. During the confrontation earlier in the play Marco raised a chair like a weapon, symbolic of the fight yet to come. Rodolpho danced with Catherine when she had previously been attending to Eddie, symbolic of him taking her from Eddie's life. ...read more.

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