Discuss How the Last Scene of Act One Is Dramatic in Arthur Miller’s a View from the Bridge

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Discuss how the last scene of act one is dramatic in Arthur Miller’s ‘A view from the bridge’.

A view from the bridge was written by Arthur miller, in the 1950’s. The play was inspired by a young lawyer friend of Millers, that told him of a longshoreman who had ratted to the immigration bureau on two brothers, his own relatives, who were living in his house illegally in order to break the engagement between one of them and his niece. The play is a modern version of a Greek tragedy. Similar to a Greek drama all the action takes place in one location, most of the action in the play takes place in the Carbones’ apartment or immediately outside it. Another way the play is comparable with a Greek tragedy is with Alfieri who is immediately established as the commentator, he is like the chorus of the play, explaining the events to the audience without interacting with the other characters. In the last scene of act one there is allot of tension, which makes the scene dramatic. The word dramatic can be interpreted in different ways depending on its context. In a view from the bridge it is an event that happens suddenly after allot of tension and has a strong effect on the novel or the rest of the play and in this case it foreshadows the ending.

One technique that Miller uses to create tension is dramatic irony, at the start of the play we are told that on the stage there is a telephone booth, which will not be used until the last scenes. Also Alfieri tells us of how he sat there ‘powerless’ and ‘watched the bloody course’. The dramatic irony adds tension to the play as the audience is aware of what is going to happen, the events have been foreshadowed and the audience can only sit and watch how it will become tragic. From the start we see that there is something wrong with Eddie and Catherine’s relationship as they are flirtatious with each other, Catherine has a new dress and is running her hands over her dress and Eddie tells her to turn around so he can see the...
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