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A View From The Bridge Essay

764 words - 4 pages

“A view from the Bridge” is a play by Arthur Miller in which the suspense and tension is built up. The story is about a mid-aged man named Eddie who has feelings for his niece, Catherine, of whom he has been taking care of since she was young. Catherine had fallen in love with a man called Rodolfo, who was an illegal immigrant Italy, who also arrived with his older brother. Although Eddie does not admit the affection he has towards her to anyone, and doesn’t admit his feelings for her to himself, he attempts to separate Catherine’s relationship, as he can’t stand her being with any other man except himself. His attempt to do so results in his own death. Through the play-writers techniques such as word choice and stage directions, the suspension and tension built up and the effect it has to the play as a whole will be shown.
Miller’s introduction of the cousins at Eddies home is where tension is first sensed. The tension further rises after Rodolfo begins to sing after boasting and telling everyone what his strengths are in, ironically, almost everything. When they first meet and share a few words, Eddie doesn’t like Rodolfo because of his attitude, so then he begins to ignore him. It states:
“he addresses Marco only.’
This is where Eddie is starting to lose interest in Rodolfo, although it is not a big gesture, it can be seen later on that this is the point where Eddie began to dislike Rodolfo and not have any interest as to what he wants to say. Furthermore, Eddie says,
“hey, kid – hey, wait a minute.”
It is clearly seen that in such short time after their first greetings, Eddie starts to show dominancy over Rodolfo by calling him a ‘kid.’ It is thought that Eddie is lowering Rodolfo down to such a level in which he thinks Rodolfo has no idea what he is doing, just like a child. He regards Rodolfo as a child, showing that he thinks his acts are immature because he is an illegal immigrant, and he might get caught by singing in that flat. Eddie’s attitude towards Rodolfo changes in a short matter of time. We can interpret that he begins to...

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