Tension in Miller's A View from the Bridge

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Tension in Miller's A View from the Bridge In class, recently we have been reading: "A View from the Bridge" by Arthur Miller. We have been exploring his magnificent techniques in being able to show the immense tensions between a family and his excellent ways of using this to grab the audience. After reading "A View From a Bridge", I found it amazing how Miller shows how tense Eddie's world is and how he surrounds the family with this cramped world, creating such immense tension. In my opinion I think that the setting and time is perfect to match the situations and to build up on the dramatic atmosphere. The book was set after World War II, when many immigrants were coming over to find jobs for money to send back home or for money to build a life in the new country. Mass immigration had already started by then as after the war Italians wanted to broaden their career options and so make as best of a living as they could. The wide range of careers and cooperation's of which the Italians could dominate brought great interest and attracted Italians to move. All Italians had great ambitions for them: to become business owners and managers and to having the options in the USA helped. The play is set in New York, in the Red Hook neighbourhood in the borough of Brooklyn. Red Hook is a regular Italian community, full of Italian immigrants needing work. Most of which originated from Sicily therefore carrying their code of silence, ‘Omerta', which secrecy is sworn to by oath; this ‘Omerta', of sworn secrecy causes havoc through out the play. Miller's idea of situating the Carbones' flat in the borough of Red Hook raised the tension as, as well as their own tension their whole community surrounding then had bubbling tension and troubles. The Carbone Flat was absolutely tiny; "homely; "clear"; "sparse"; completely claustrophobic, with this everyone was on top of everyone and tensions were getting mixed and rising over the bar. With the house being so claustrophobic there was little privacy space for any of them. The set of the play is merely a skeleton of it. What the play contains is of more importance. The Carbone family consists of Eddie (the husband and uncle), Catherine (niece of Eddie and Beatrice) and Beatrice (Wife and Auntie). Act one starts with Alfieri (Eddie's lawyer) giving a quick once over on the setting and about how immigration affect people around Eddie.
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