Tension in Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge Essay

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Tension in Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge

In “A View From the Bridge”, Arthur Miller explores a variety of themes in the relationships between the main characters in order to build tension for the audience. Firstly, through Eddie’s talk with Alfieri, we can see that he is jealous of Rodolfo’s relationship with Catherine, and his eventual loss of authority in his own house leads to anger and a desire to once again become the stereotypical alpha male. This creates tension because the audience knows that he will want his authority back, and as he gets more and more desperate, the audience may think that he would do anything to regain control over his household. Secondly, although early in the
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In Rodolfo's case, he quickly finds several "reasons" - Rodolfo is slightly-built, blond, a good singer and dancer, and he can cook and make dresses. Moreover, Mike and Louis seem to share this view: "He comes around, everybody's laughing," Mike is shown to say. The stage directions indicate multiple times that Mike and Louis laugh, and finally, they "explode in laughter". This creates tension because if people find out that the person they laugh at is related to Eddie, then it will lower people’s opinions on himself too, and the audience knows he does not want this. After this, is shown to tell Catherine that Rodolfo is a "hit-and-run guy" and "only bowing to his passport". This creates tension because there is a sense of him abusing his power and the trust that Catherine has in him, and the audience does not know if she will realize this or what course of action she will take if she does. She protests disbelief but is clearly shaken until Beatrice reassures her. We can tell that she trusts Beatrice on this though, as Catherine is shown to say: “All right” and “Ok” as if to agree with Beatrice’s views. Also, the stage directions say: “Catherine, sensing now an imperious demand.” The words “imperious demand” may suggest that Beatrice is ordering her rather than discussing or asking her, and this creates tension because the audience
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