A View From The Bridge

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A View From The Bridge

Arthur Miller clearly uses different aspects of his play “A view from

the bridge” to create dramatic tension. His central character Eddie is

the person around who has a great deal of conflict revolving around

him. He creates a lot of tensions and each scene of conflict becomes

stronger than one before.

He lives with his wife and her niece Catherine. Eddie is very

protective of Catherine and wants her to get a good education. He also

seems to be in love with Catherine but refuses to face this fact at

any stage in the play even when Beatrice, his wife, points it out to

him clearly.

We also witness Eddie’s verbal conflict with all the characters at

some point throughout the play. Other aspect is how the other

characters feel concerned about him. There is a scene of unease as we

see how Catherine and Beatrice are unsure about how he will react when

he is told about Catherine’s job. As we understand Catherine is deeply

influenced by Eddie and does everything he wants and Beatrice warns

her not to act like a child in front of Eddie.

The introduction of two foreign characters from Italy( Marco and

Rodolpho) to this working class environment of New York creates a

good deal of the conflict and tension in the play.

Rodolpho is not married, good looking, lively and able to gain

interest easily, in fact Catherine seems to have been immediately

attracted to him. He dreams of being rich and returning to Italy with

a monocycle. So Catherine falls in love with him and as soon as they

begin to date Eddie gets very annoyed, as he is very possessive. He

objects to the relationships between Catherine and Rodolpho because he

is secretly but very jealous.

Tension increases in Act One as Catherine boasts to Eddie that

Rodolpho has been to Africa. Eddie and Marco describe their travels on

fishing boats and Beatrice asks why they have to go out on boats to

fish so Marco tells her that the only fish she will catch from the

beach are sardines. Audience see that Catherine and Beatrice

contemplate about the thought of sardines in the ocean. Catherine

thinks the idea of sardines in the ocean is as strange as oranges on a

tree. Eddie agrees with Catherine and makes weird announcement saying

that he heard about painting oranges to make them look orange because

they grew green on the tree. It sounds understandable for us that

Rodolpho disagrees with Eddie's thoughts about the oranges and

Beatrice feeling some kind of conflict coming up quickly diverts it by