How Does Miller Convey Tension In This Scene? In this essay I will be discussing the various ways that Arthur Miller creates tension in the last scene in act one of A View from the Bridge. When you read this essay you will have to understand the definition of tension is. According the Oxford School Dictionary, “tension is a feeling of anxiety or nervousness about something that is about to happen. ” Before the scene I will discuss how Eddie and Rodolpho created an awkward tension between them.
They create this tension because 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. At the start of the play we out that Beatrice’s cousins are going to live with them. We then find out that Beatrice’s cousins are illegal immigrants from Italy. Marco decides to work in America to pay for his family, who live in Italy and are poor. Rodolpho came with Marco making it seem like he’s going to help Marco with his family.
Eddie doesn’t like Rodolpho from the start of the play, but after Rodolpho starts dating Catherine Eddie starts to dislike him more. In this scene Eddie is portrayed as an impatient character, “Rises, paces up and down” he creates tension and a tense atmosphere for everyone in the scene because he is pacing, no one can tell what he’s going to do next. As he’s pacing he starts lecturing them “a girl don’t go around with a shawl over her head that she ain’t strict, y’know? Girl don’t have to wear a black dress to be strict. In this quote he is trying to contain his anger, but has been easily angered with brings tension because his anger will only just get greater and it will bring more awkwardness to the scene that’s unfolding in front of him. Rodolpho doesn’t get what he’s done wrong and tries to reason with Eddie “I always have respect. to dancing. “Dance, Catherine. Come. ” The tension has eased off a bit again. He wants to dance now as a way to get the attention off him. Whereas earlier when he was asked to dance he didn’t want the attention. The similarity for both times is that Rodolpho doesn’t want attention. Eddie is back in his rocker as Marco brings a chair and places it in front of him. “Can you lift this chair? ” Marco asks, this gives a hint as to what’s about to happen, but doesn’t give it away, we as the audience remain confused as to what’s about to happen.
Marco demonstrates and Eddie tries but fails. Marco then does it without fail. “Marco is face to face with Eddie a strained tension gripping his eyes and jaw, his neck stiff, the chair raised like a weapon over Eddie’s head -” The tension is growing here, because we as the audience don’t know what Marco is going to do to Eddie, “– but he transforms what might appear like a glare of warning into a smile of triumph, and Eddie’s grin vanishes as he absorbs his look. ” This is a tension filled way to finish the scene, Eddie is being threatened and Marco is the one threatening him.
The focus is on them and the whole stage goes black, it makes you wonder what’s going to happen next. So I have told you the various ways that Miller has created tension in this scene, and at some points there is barely no tension and in other parts you can cut through it with a knife. I’ve also discussed some of the other scenes in the play and how Rodolpho has always been oblivious to Eddie’s hatred toward him. I’ve also explained how the scene ends so full of tension and leaves the audience wanting more. Miller conveys tension in a lot of ways in this scene. At some points it is very vague and at other times it’s obvious that it is there.