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"A View from the Bridge" by Arthur Miller.

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Introduction

"A View from the Bridge" by Arthur Miller The main subject I had to look at when writing this essay is the dramatic importance of the story. I had to look at the dramatic techniques used by the writer to pick up and to uphold the audience's attention. These techniques include lighting, actions, movement, music and stage directions. These things together help the writer to be able to communicate with the audience, to create different atmospheres and feelings in the audience to make the play more enjoyable. The end of Act I. is a decisive moment for the play; this part contains loads of tension, which, again, is another dramatic technique. I am going to be focusing mainly on this part of the story. "A View from the Bridge" is about Bronx, about immigrants and human nature. Eddie, a hard working man, his wife Beatrice and Eddie's niece Catherine live together in peace and tranquillity. Their family migrated to America years ago. Catherine is 17, she is starting to explore the world, she is getting more interested in men. Eddie obviously doesn't like this. When Beatrice's cousins, Marco and Rodolpho arrive from Italy hoping to take a part of the "America Dream" and to earn good money, the story changes drastically. ...read more.

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Tension plays a huge part in this part of the play, as this is the most influential section in the story so far. The events in this scene change the characters' attitude towards each other. Marco becomes more uncommunicative with Eddie, who is rather annoyed by Catherine and Rodolpho's relationship. As a result of this, Catherine starts to turn her back on Eddie. Beatrice is in a thigh situation; she's got to cope with her husband and Catherine as well. Miller uses many stage directions to create dramatic tension. For example when Marco lifts the chair, the stage directions are "(He kneels, grasps, and with strain slowly raises the chair higher and higher getting to his feet now. Rodolpho and Catherine have stopped dancing as Marco raises the chair over his head...)". This is probably the most stained part of the book, and it makes the audience think that something bad is about to happen. Miller is a very good user of stage directions, which really help the audience and the reader as well to feel the significance of the events. For example, phrases and words such as "uneasily", "embarrassed", "rubbing his fist", "with beginning alarm" help the readers enter into the spirit of the characters and the story. ...read more.

Conclusion

All of the elements I've mentioned before even just add more to the dramatically powerful and tense storyline, especially to the scene at the end of Act I. I think Miller used these techniques, because he wanted to uphold the audience's interest in the story, and he wanted them to feel the significance of the events in this scene. He used these techniques very well, always bringing something tense, interesting and exciting into the play. I think this scene is very important in the story, as it changes the relationship between the characters and it also changes the behaviour of some of the characters. It is also a changing point in the play, Eddie gets threatened, and this event has a symbolic meaning. It represents that something has gone wrong, and changed drastically which will affect the whole story and the lives of the characters. And this leads to a bitter and sad battle between certain characters. I think the best part of this scene is when Marco lifts the chair, and warns Eddie. In my opinion, this is the most tense and exciting part not just in this scene, but throughout the whole story. I've really enjoyed reading this play, as it is a clear, easy to read and interesting story. ...read more.

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