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Tracing the developments of Eddies obsession, show how Miller creates and builds up tension, particularly in the final part of Act 1. How would the tension be shown dramatically? 'A View from the Bridge'

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'A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE' COURSEWORK By. Daniel Harrison There are moments of great tension in this play. Tracing the developments of Eddies obsession, show how Miller creates and builds up tension, particularly in the final part of Act 1. How would the tension be shown dramatically? 'A View from the Bridge' is a play based on pride & justice and Sicilian Honour. There is fine line between natural justice and that that is provided by the law. The theme of 'Justice provided by the law,' starts right at the beginning of the play with Alfieri's opening speech. As a lawyer, he tells the watching audience of his experiences with the people of Brooklyn, "After all, who have I dealt with in my life? Longshoreman and their wives, and fathers and grandfathers, compensation cases, evictions, family squabbles - the petty troubles of the poor..." The perception of law and lawyers in Brooklyn is not entirely friendly. The people of Brooklyn prefer not to bother with the authorities at a time of legal need. These people would much rather sought out their problems by enforcing Natural Justice, they would deal with a situation in their own way. The community of Brooklyn has its Sicilian Honour, this is a community of people who are against law and order. They find it unlucky to pass a lawyer on the street, in the eyes of Brooklyn people, lawyers are connected with evil and disasters and people would rather not get to close. ...read more.


These directions and what she says shows how the tension is rising because she is getting into such a manic. Round about this time, it is easy to see that Eddie is controlling the atmosphere. The tension here is also merged with the earlier news that Catherine has got a job, this sends the tension levels sore high. Eddie is very against Catherine having the job, he makes out that his main reason is that the job is in a very 'ruff' area, and is located on docks. To the audience, his attitude for not wanting her to have a job is because he doesn't want to see that she is growing up and soon will be moving out and on to bigger and better things. Eddie doesn't want this to happen because he wants to be as close to Catherine as possible and by her having this job, it wouldn't be long before she was moving away. After the drama over Catherine's job and the cousins arriving, the tension is left settled up until the point when the cousins do arrive. Its Rodolpho who sparks of the main tension at this part of the play when he starts up a romantic relationship with Catherine and obviously Eddie wasn't at all happy. It was when this happens that the audience is definite of Eddie's feelings for Catherine. As a guardian of Catherine you would have thought that he would have been proud of the fact that she had been given the chance of a good start for a job. ...read more.


Eddie, who is starting to act like a decent guardian to Catherine, insists on Rodolpho and Marco trying to escape through the back. At this point I think it is clear to say that Marco is suspecting Eddie of informing the authorities, but it comes over to the audience that you wouldn't really have thought that it was Eddie because he was so insisting on Rodolpho and Marco trying to escape. I wouldn't have really have suspected Eddie if I hadn't of already known that it was him. When Rodolpho and Marco are caught just seconds later, Marco is not definite that it was Eddie who grassed them up and starts to throw all kinds of abuse to Eddie like who just practically ignores him! It is now that the tension levels have reached a record breaking high, but that record is broken just a few Brooklyn days later when Marco is released and confronts Eddie. Eddie is very confident and doesn't feel any fear of Marco, Eddie is advised by Beatrice, Catherine and Rodolpho that Marco will seriously kill him and that he should just stay away. However, Eddie couldn't let himself look like a wus towards Marco and so decides to confront him outside. Unknown to the watching audience, Eddie is actually armed, but not dangerous! As Marco tries to seriously harm Eddie, Eddie pulls out his pen knife and the audience a watching have come to their own conclusion that Marco is going to be given the stab, but unsuspectedly tension levels are breaking more world-wide records and Marco decides to take his personal law into his own hands and kills Eddie. THE CURTAIN FALLS ...read more.

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