A View from the Bridge-Dramatic Tension

A View from the Bridge-Dramatic Tension

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 tension and each scene of conflict becomes stronger than the one before.

Eddie has verbal conflict with all the characters at some point throughout the play. He deliberately arguments, for example, he questions the virtue of the wives of Italian immigrants, " I betcha there's plenty of surprises sometimes when those guys get back there heh?" Even Eddies' jokes are barbed and bitter. Eddie also has conflict within himself as he tries to handle his love for Catherine. We see how the other characters feel anxious around him. There is a sense of unease as we see how Catherine and Beatrice are unsure about how he will react when he is told about Catherine's job. Beatrice thinks carefully about how to persuade him to allow Catherine to work "Eddie please - she's crazy to start work." Eddie also has physical conflict Rodolpho as well as Marco. Eddies mood changes rapidly which adds to the tension as none of the characters feel at ease with him.

The audience is also aware of the tension Eddie feels as he deals with his love for Catherine. Alfieri sums up these feelings when he says "we all love somebody, the wife, the kids - every mans got somebody they love, heh? But sometimes ... there's too much ... and it goes where it mustn't." Eddie hates the fact that Catherine should have relationships with anyone except him.

Eddie is jealous of Catherine and Rodolpho's relationship because Catherine loves him and not Eddie; he doesn't like the fact that his feelings are one way only.

Tension is built up by the inability of characters to communicate. An example of this is when Beatrice says Eddie is not a proper husband:

Beatrice: No, everything ain't great with me....

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