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Show how a production of 'A View from the Bridge' can emphasise the tensions in the plot.

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Show how a production of 'A View from the Bridge' can emphasise the tensions in the plot 'A View from the Bridge' was written by Arthur Miller. The play was written in 1955, and the second act was extended in 1956 for a presentation in a comedy theatre. The play is about a family living in the slums of Brooklyn, New York. The main character of the play is Eddie Carbone. He works on Brooklyn Docks as a longshoreman on a poor salary what depends on the arrival of ships. Tension arises when Beatrice, Eddie's wife, invites her cousins to come and stay with them. The tension arises mainly between Eddie and Rodolfo, as they are both attracted to Catherine, Eddie's niece. However, later on in the play, tension also occurs between Eddie and Marco, as Marco humiliated Eddie in front of the neighbourhood, and Eddie wishes to regain his name. Marco also blames Eddie for telling the immigration office that Marco and Rodolfo were staying in America illegally. Alfieri is the narrator of the play. He lives in Brooklyn as a lawyer. Alfieri directs audience through the play, and in a sense, gives the audience 'A View from the Bridge'. 'Frankie Yale had his body cut exactly in half by a machine gun'. The way in which Alfieri describes the people and the neighbourhood in which he lives in, the audience get a feel of what slums are like and what life is like living in the neighbourhood. ...read more.

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However, thee relationships change considerably as soon as Marco and Rodolfo arrive. Rodolfo is instantly attracted to Catherine and vice versa. This is a threat to Eddie, as we know that Eddie is very attracted to Catherine - "He reaches out suddenly, draws hr to him, and as she strives to free herself, he kisses her on her lips" The relationship between Marco and Eddie, to start with, is a lot more responsible. We recognise one of the most obvious area of tension between Eddie and Rodolfo. One of these moments is then Eddie criticises Rodolfo - "...And with that wacky hair; he's like a chorus girl or sump'm" However the most amount of tension is caused by Marco towards Eddie, especially near the end of the play. One of the most dramatic and tense moments in the play (apart from the fight at the end of the play) is when Marco showed Eddie his strength and dominance - " Marco is face to face with Eddie, a strained tension grippling his eyes and jaw, his neck stiff, the chair raised like a weapon over Eddies head" The tension is used to entice the audience to read on and understand the feeling of each character. The role of Marco should be played with anger and strength, but at the same time conservative and quite. ...read more.

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Even though red is associated with anger, it is also well represented as the colour of love. An orchestra of various instruments should play the sound in the play. An example of lighting being used well in the play is when Eddie phones up the investigation bureau. A beam of light is shone on the phone used by Eddie. The light is usually shone on Alfieri. Therefore, the audience is shown the importance of the phone. It shows that all Eddie has on his mind is to call the investigation bureau and tell them about Marco and Rodolfo. This makes the audience more in tune with Eddies mind, his thoughts and feelings. The jealousy that has stained his blood since the arrival of the two cousins. " Most of he time now we settle for half and I like it better" Alfieri tries to point out that there is no point in trying to make everything perfect. That nothing goes exactly the way you want it to go. He tries to say that you should let life take its course and that it is better to settle for half than to settle for nothing. Finally, I'd say that the play was successful in many ways. The play is romantic and at the same time has action. It has dramatic scenes in which you will know what will happen next. The play has dramatic emotions such as jealousy and love, well intertwined into the play. They create an exciting play, which gets you on the edge of your seat. ...read more.

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