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A View From The Bridge Tension And Conflict

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A View From The Bridge examining tension and conflict within the play.

The two scenes that I have chosen for my coursework, which I think are
exciting and interesting are:

1) End of act one Pg 38-42

2) End of play Pg 59-64

In my essay on "A View From The Bridge" I will be examining tension
and conflict within the play. Most of the tension and conflict arises
from the fact that Marco and Rodolfo are illegal immigrants. During
the 1930's immigration to the U.S.A was at an all time high. Over a
million Sicilians had already moved to the U.S.A. and there were more
moving over. Many Sicilians dreamed of a better life in America with a
good paid job and enough money to support their family. They hoped of
wealth and security that their home country could not guarantee. The
reality of the situation was that when they arrived many of them were
given jobs on the docks as dockworkers or longshoremen. The waterfront
was populated by people who were poorly paid, exploited by their
bosses and in many cases were only recent immigrants. The play is set
in Red Hook, "the slum that faces the bay on the seaward side of
Brooklyn Bridgethe gullet of New York".

I have chosen the end of act one and the end of the play for scenes,
which I think best explore tension and conflict in the play. This is
because the main theme of the play, family loyalty, is shown in great
effect in these scenes. There is great tension between the family and
especially between Eddie and Marco in these two scenes. In the first
scene I have chosen we see this when Eddie begins to show signs of
jealousy towards Rodolfo.The end of the play shows a great deal of
tension between the family as it is torn apart. Feelings of pride and
honour add to the depth of the scene.

In the first scene I have chosen reveals a lot about the following
characters, Eddie, Beatrice, Catherine, Marco and Rodolfo. At the
bottom of page 38 we see that Eddie can get angry very quickly.

"(holding back a voice of anger)Yeah, but he don't have to go lookin'
for it, Beatrice. If he's here to work, then he should work".

This quotation is an example of Eddie's feeling of jealousy towards
Rodolfo and his relationship with Catherine. Eddie is trying to
disguise the fact that he is jealous when he turns to Marco,

"But I understood, Marco, that you was both comin' to make a livin'
for you family. You understand me, don't you, Marco?"

This scene tells us that Beatrice is supportive of the relationship
between Catherine and Rodolfo and tries to overrule Eddie in the
house. We can see this when Rodolfo declines the offer to dance from
Catherine because he sees Eddie stiffen up when he hears this, she
prompts him to dance,

" Go ahead, dance, Rodolfo."

Also when Rodolfo boxes with Eddie she supports and compliments
Rodolfo's ability,

"He's very good".

In this scene we see how Catherine is trying to make Eddie change his
mind about Rodolfo,

"They get some high...

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