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"Show how the tension rises and falls in the last scene of Act One of 'A View From The Bridge' - How has Eddie's situation changed by the end of the scene?"

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"Show how the tension rises and falls in the last scene of Act One of 'A View From The Bridge'. How has Eddie's situation changed by the end of the scene?" 'A View From The Bridge' is a tragic play written by Arthur Miller, set in the town of New York in the 1950's, The Italian-American Carbone Family live in a poor and humble area, just over Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan. Although American the Carbone's still have their Italian values and live a Conservative Italian lifestyle. This play is in part about family values, and how two different cultures clash when Catherine and Rodolfo fall in love. But on a more perspective view, it is also about a tragic hero Eddie Carbone and his love for his step-daughter Catherine. This 'LOVE 'is not a father to daughter love but a husband to wife love, a love that is not meant to be there. A love to powerful for Eddie to give up. Eddie, the main character of this play is a longshoreman from a conservative background in Sicily. ...read more.


The scene starts with a nice after dinner conversation but tension is beginning to build up. The argument starts when Eddie raises the point about submarines, slang name for illegal immigrants. "I betcha there's plenty of surprises when those guys get back there, heh?'" He said this to provoke Rodolfo because he knows that Catherine has her eye on him and to bring up the issues of American values and how wearing a "shawl" doesn't mean that a girl is strict. But to Eddie's disapproval the comment failed to offend Rodolfo. Eddie continues to make remarks about Catherine's and Rodolfo's relationship. Catherine can't take this crap anymore so she stands up and asks Rodolfo' You want to dance Rodolfo?' (Eddie freezes). At first Rodolfo refuses not to anger Eddie any further but Beatrice convinces Rodolfo to dance 'Go ahead, dance Rodolfo'. By doing this Beatrice shows immense disobedience to her husband, causing his frustration to increase and therefore the tensions of the play to go sky-high. Later on Rodolfo takes Catherine to the paramount to watch the movies. ...read more.


Now Eddie tries to convince everyone that Rodolfo isn't a real man. As he speaks he starts to slowly twist the newspaper in his hand and at one point he rips it up in half. On the stage this would be an effective Dramatic device because the newspaper shows Eddie's anger on Rodolfo and each twist represents the anger growing until it just bursts when the newspaper rips in half. At the end of the scene Eddie's authorities are significantly compressed and no one except Beatrice likes him. Eddie's character is so very alike to the character of Macbeth and has a very similar storyline. Both Macbeth and Eddie are tragic heroes and both were good to start with but due to the outside influences the slowly turn evil. As we can see from contrasting these play's the main difference is age and what I think Arthur Miller is trying to say is that Tragedy is ageless and has been roaming Earth since the beginning of humanity and has been sinful to us no matter who we are. In "Macbeth", Macbeth is influenced by the witches and Eddie in "A View From The Bridge" is spoilt by the jealousy of Rodolfo's relationship with Catherine. ...read more.

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