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Show where the tension and conflicts are in the play, explain how they are brought about, and refer to atleast two scenes from the play "A View from the Bridge" by Arthur Miller.

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Show where the tension and conflicts are in the play, explain how they are brought about, and refer to atleast two scenes. The play "A View from the Bridge" by Arthur Miller tells us of the moral dilemmas that a proud Italian longshoreman faces with the arrival of his wife's cousins from Italy, who come to stay in America and earn money as illegal immigrants. Throughout the play there are scenes where a lot of tension and atmosphere are created, these scenes eventually depict the fate of the characters and in particular the fate of Eddie Carbone. In answering the set question, the relationships between the characters, moods and tones and explanations of character motives will be discussed and analysed. The characters' personalities often contribute to how scenes create suspense and tension. An example of this is in Act 1, the first scene Catherine tells Eddie about her new job, she tries to explain how the job will benefit her and Beatrice encourages her enthusiasm but Eddie's reaction demonstrates how he has power over Catherine and Beatrice. They are both nervous and extremely anxious to see what his reaction would be like. Eddie says "What job? She's going to finish school." He automatically thinks as if he was Catherine's father. Catherine fears Eddie, therefore worries about bringing shame to him or disappointing him. ...read more.

Middle

They talk about American girls. "...you wouldn't just drag off some girl without permission, I mean (he turns) you know what I mean Marco? It ain't that much different here." He talks about Rodolpho and Catherine indirectly, suggesting subtly that Rodolpho has taken Catherine without his permission. The audience are aware that Rodolpho knows what Eddie is trying to do, this builds tension, the audience anticipate what Rodolpho will say in order to stand up for himself at that point. Even though Eddie knows everyone is now picking up on his childish games he chooses to continue which makes the atmosphere very tense. Eddie seems to be getting annoyed within himself, he responds to Beatrice by "holding back a voice full of anger" you can see Eddie's patience and tolerance of the conversation is very little. Eddie decided to read his newspaper. The audience can see that is a slightly out of place action, the audience realise he doesn't really want to read the paper at all. At this time, Catherine decides to get up and ask Rodolpho to dance. The timing of this is awful, Eddie "freezes" straight away you can see how that affected Eddie, he's stiff with anger. Rodolpho knows how Eddie will react so he says no indispite of Eddie. ...read more.

Conclusion

There is already a sense of fear in the scene, "(trembling with fright) I think I have to get out of here Eddie." This quote suggests she is already aware of Eddies mood and temperament at the time, he had just grabbed her arm and she knew he was not totally himself and was under the influence of drink. The audience should be able to realise this aswel by his slightly aggressive tone of voice and physical gestures. The tension builds up when we see Catherine has to Free herself from Eddie and step back away from him. The audience should be able to see how uncomfortable she is and that she is getting quite impatient with him. Just before he kisses her, the audience can expect something quite important is about to happen as Eddie cuts into her sentence: "...I'm not gonna be a baby any more! You- He reaches out suddenly, draws her to him, and as she strives to free herself he kisses her on the mouth." This is very unexpected, and would shock the audience, they then wait to see what happens next. All throughout the play Miller uses stage directions to help the audience understand how the characters feel and react to certain situations. The stage directions indicate to the actor how to portray the role and this therefore helps the audience's understanding of each scene. Farah Muman 10L G.C.S.E English Coursework Miss Butt ...read more.

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