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A view from the bridge - How does Arthur Miller prepare the audience for the dramatic events at the end of the play?

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A view from the bridge - How does Arthur Miller prepare the audience for the dramatic events at the end of the play? Arthur Miller was born in New York City on the 17th of October 1915. The son of a small businessman, Miller worked in a warehouse after graduating from high school. When he saved enough money he attended the University of Michigan. During the Second World War Miller moved to New York where he began writing plays. A View from the bridge was written in 1955, it was partly based on the idea that his parents were both immigrants into the United States. When writing the play Miller was trying to create a real life story, concerning a tragedy of ordinary people. ...read more.

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Instantly they realize that throughout the play there will be a lot of conflict between these two characters. However they are not sure what all the arguments will result in. The most anticipating moment of the play is the final scene; Miller has prepared the audience for this ending throughout the play. Miller creates plenty of tension during this scene, because there are a number of endings that can be used, the audience is eager to find out which one will take place. Miller had prepared a number of endings but thought that the chosen ending would have the most effect. Another possible option to end the play was Eddie committing suicide, although this is very dramatic, it did not suit Eddie's character. ...read more.

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Rodolpho is another character the audience begin to like because he has done no harm towards anyone, and even tries to resolve differences with Eddie. Although Marco kills Eddie there is no strong disliking towards him, he did the right thing, which results in the audience being surprised by Marco's actions but also pleased. The audience learns that Alfieri is a loyal friend, but does realize that Eddie is out of line; therefore Alfieri is respected by the audience. By creating plenty of conflict, action and unpredictable scenes Miller builds up a lot of tension throughout the play. He describes the characters thoroughly and uses masses of emotion to allow the audience to get to know the characters and decide who should be liked and disliked. The variation of emotions from different characters reflects their personality, this way the audience discover who is the most twisted character. That is why Eddie Carbone, in the audiences opinion deserved to die. ...read more.

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