• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"Show how the tension rises and falls in the scene at the end of Act One of 'A View From The Bridge'? What does it tell us about the Carbone's family life? How has Eddie Carbone's situation changed by the end of the scene?"

Extracts from this document...


GCSE POST-1914 DRAMA COURSEWORK "Show how the tension rises and falls in the scene at the end of Act One of 'A View From The Bridge'? What does it tell us about the Carbone's family life? How has Eddie Carbone's situation changed by the end of the scene?" The play 'A View From The Bridge' was written by Arthur Miller set in the town of New York in the 1950's. It is concentrated around the Carbone's, a typical Italian -American family. Eddie Carbone is the key character of the play, a longshoreman who comes from an extremely conventional background in Sicily. He and his wife Beatrice have taken care of Catherine from the time when her parents had died. Beatrice's cousins from Sicily have come to America to work illegitimately and at the moment are staying with the Carbone's. The company of the cousins from Sicily in the Carbone household is causing much tension more than ever between Eddie and Rodolpho. ...read more.


Eddie tries to provoke Rodolpho by saying that America is just as strict as Italy. But what he really means is that Rodolpho shouldn't take out Catherine to whom he is a fatherly figure; in doing so he is undermining Rodolpho and trying to represent him as being disrespectful. As it happens to be so, that in Italy, tradition has it that to take a girl out you must have permission from the girl's father. Eddie implies this to Rodolpho and that he must have permission for Catherine's hand. All along Catherine felt that she was in debt to Eddie for feeding her, bringing her up and making sacrifices just for her to do well in life and not to suffer the hardships that he faced. But Catherine begins to see a different side of Eddie brought out by his jealousy, a side that she hasn't seen nor likes. Catherine shows her assertiveness by asking Rodolpho to dance to the record 'Paper Dolls'. ...read more.


Eddie convinces Rodolpho to teach him how to box. They start slowly but Eddies boxes Rodolpho too hard and he falls to the floor. Rodolpho is not weakly hurt nevertheless all the other characters in the play start to realise Eddies hatred and jealousy of Rodolpho and how far Eddie will go to exhibit this wrath and fury. Marco goes over to Eddie and in a seemingly pleasant manner asks him if he can raise a chair above his head. The two of them elevate chairs and Marco holds his chair directly over Eddies head. As well as showing superior strength he does this to intimidate Eddie and end him from trying to torment his younger brother Rodolpho. In my opinion I think that Arthur Miller is using 'A View from the Bridge' to illustrate that tragedy is eternal and that it will roam the earth for centuries to come. Miller is also portraying that there cannot be drama without tension or quarrel. An example of a tragedy is 'Macbeth' as Macbeth is influenced by outsiders so similarly in 'A View From The Bridge' Eddie is influenced by his repressed love and thus ultimately his death. MOHAMMED RAHMAN ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Miller section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Miller essays

  1. A View from The Bridge Coursework

    He has dishonoured Marco and Rodolfo by reporting them and has dishonoured his neighbourhood by bringing the authority to them. Authority is disregarded in Red Hook and problems are solved without the help of the authority. This shows just how much Eddie's character has changed from his former self in

  2. What do we learn of the Carbone family and their values in Act 1 ...

    He also says 'you isn't all the girls'. Here Eddie means that Catherine is his, and that he is much more demanding of her - Catherine should only do what he says her to do. All of these factors motivate Eddie to be over-protective of Catherine. Due to Eddie's strong beliefs in the Traditional Italian Values it has

  1. Write about Miller's presentation of Eddie Carbone in "A View from the Bridge" and ...

    It seems that Eddie is some what jealous that Beatrice is praising Rodolpho. The statement tells us that Eddie believes that these activities are only meant to be for women. Eddie believes that a man should not do anything in the least which is domesticated.

  2. How does the structure of, A View From The Bridge help us understand the ...

    For example, Marco and Eddie. Marco being the Italian immigrant, and Eddie being the so-called, loyal American citizen. As the play progresses, we as the audience come to realise that Marco and Eddie do not get along. There are many issues, which occur throughout the play, but honesty, loyalty and betrayal are the main three issues.

  1. How does Miller create tension at the end of act 1 of "A view ...

    it's not so free." This annoys Eddie because he thinks Rodolfo is implying it's free to go around with any ones wife, or niece in America, Eddie says, "but in your town you wouldn't drag off some girl without permission...

  2. Discussing how effectively Arthur Miller portrays Eddie Carbone

    He worked on the piers when there was work, he brought home his pay, and he lived. And toward ten o'clock of that night, after they had eaten, the cousins came." Alfieri basically tells us all how good Eddie was no matter what and how kind he was and how he cared for his family.

  1. A View From A Bridge Coursework

    This was what he wanted people to think but the truth behind his actions was that he was jealous of Rodolfo, he fancied Catherine which meant that his feelings towards her were deeper than they should be between Uncle and Niece. This was the main sub-text used throughout the play.

  2. Who Was Responsible For Eddie's Death At the End of the Play a View ...

    Eddie can't snitch Rodolpho and Marco firstly, because of honour it is considered to be the most important thing in life particularly from Eddie's point of view, however if Eddie done the dishonourable thing and snitched Marco and Rodolpho then he will lose all his respect within the entire community

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work