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A View from the Bridge - how Arthur Miller makes the play dramatically exciting

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14/01/2004 A View from the Bridge - how Arthur Miller makes the play dramatically exciting In this essay I am going to analyse the scene at the end of Act 1 of 'A View from the Bridge' and demonstrate how Arthur Miller, the best playwright of his time makes it dramatically exciting. I am also going to be writing about the three most important dramatic devices used by Arthur Miller which are use of the narrator, (Alfieri) dialogue and stage directions. Arthur Miller starts off by showing us that Alfieri is a lawyer and is going to have the job of a narrator in the play. Alfieri creates an atmosphere of apprehension in the audience when he says that he has had many tragedy cases which has made him very sad because in most of them he could not do anything, he just had to sit there and watch everything happen and go with the flow of tense situations. This gives the audience a hint that this is going to be one of those cases and it might even result in death. Alfieri then starts telling us about the play by introducing us to Eddie the main character saying 'This one's name was Eddie Carbone.' Alfieri is shown as an objective and neutral person who does not take anyone's side by being fair. This is shown when Eddie goes to Alfieri for advice and complains to him about Rodolfo. ...read more.


Catherine's different attitude builds up tension in the scene and has quite a lot impact in the play. Here Arthur Miller uses a dance action (physical contact) to make it more dramatic and tense for the audience. He makes the audience think about the previous incidents and judge the characters response relating to it. When Eddie calls Rodolfo by a nickname, 'Danish' in front of strangers it is going to sound as if he is trying to be friendly to him and that he is being nice. In reality someone like the audience who know the situation are going to feel worried because Eddie did not mean it like that. Eddie is tormenting Rodolfo by calling him soft and he is also trying to show Catherine that Rodolfo is not manly enough for her. Eddie's grumblings does not break Catherine and Rodolfo's relationship. On the contrary it becomes stronger because they both now trust each other and know that they can take things like Eddie's behavior and grumblings to continue the relationship. Right near the start of the scene Eddie makes an illogical grotesque comment about painting oranges in Italy which develops into a dramatically tense situation. 'I heard that they paint the oranges to make them look orange.' Marco responses by saying in a very shocked voice unlike his own 'Paint?' At this point the audience is going to be very tense because the situation now is very awkward and uneasy and so they are going to think that anything is possible. ...read more.


The frequent surprises used by Arthur Miller are very effective and has a great impact on the tension rate of the play. At the end of Act 1 it is really a very curious and worrying moment for the audience because this is the main climax part of the film where we see Marco holding up a chair one handed like a weapon towards Eddie with a threatening look and then a triumphant smile. The audience wants to know what is going to happen next. They want to know whether Catherine and Rodolfo are going to be married and how Eddie is going to react to this and what is Eddie going to do because Eddie is always suspecting Rodolfo so he might do something stupid which might be very expensive to him. Audiences who watch Act 1 have to watch Act 2 because there is going to be absolutely no one who is going to go back watching only the first act. In my opinion Arthur Miller is a successful and talented modern playwright and his plays especially this one is a great success. He uses stage directions, dialogues and actions wonderfully to make the play dramatically exciting. In this play he uses an extra device, which is the narrator. The use of an extra device makes this play special and enjoyable to watch. He glues the audience to their seats and makes them watch it until it is finished. Very few can do that. GCSE A View from the Bridge English Coursework Abid Rasheek Amin 10S 20300 Ms. Basson Room 103 Page 1 ...read more.

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