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Analysis of end of Act 1 of " A view from the bridge".

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´╗┐Analysis of end of Act 1 Arthur Miller employs a significant amount of dramatic devices throughout the play. Act One foreshadows the fate of the characters in such a strategically manner, with intricacies of the dramatic devices that lead us onto believing that Act Two will be a complete disaster from the initial stage directions. In this essay, I will go onto doing in-depth analysis of the dramatic devices utilized at the end of Act One. The first form of dramatic device that will be analyzed is the use of Similes. There are a numerous amount of similes throughout the play itself used in satirical tones as well as being a serious and significant phrase in the play. The first simile that was encountered is "His eyes were like tunnels". In terms of structure, the line is very cunningly placed on a new line. The significance of it being on a new line, is that it not only displays it for the audience very strikingly, but it also highlights its importance. The mere simplicity of the use of this device displays how important the sentence is, which foreshadows the inevitable fate of Eddie Carbone. ...read more.

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What makes the line even more direct is that Eddie?s name is placed at the end of the phrase. The word "recourse" defines access to a person or thing for protection for example: to have recourse to the courts for justice. This foreshadows with the key theme of justice in the play, which is something, that none of the characters seem to have experienced. Another significant phrase in the play is when Eddie says, ?The guy ain?t right Mr. Alfieri? this symbolizes the utter, hatred and disgust that Eddie has towards Rodolpho. To also highlight how much Eddie doesn?t have much of a liking toward Rodolpho, he refers to him as giving him the ?heebie jeebies?. The use of a rhyming phrase makes it seem more significant and easier for the audience to remember. Usually, when someone mentions something giving him or her the ?heebie jeebies? is usually when its scary, which is very true as Eddie, is afraid of Rodolpho in a way. He?s afraid that he will take away his Catherine. The next form of dramatic device employed by Miller is the existence of stage props and stage directions, which in their simplicity have a whole story to foretell. ...read more.

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The last significant stage prop and stage direction is the chair in the last part of Act 1. From the moment that Marco gets up to defend Rodolpho, asking Eddie to lift the chair from one leg, it is inevitable fate from that action on, that Eddie?s downfall takes place. The fact that he couldn?t lift the chair and Marco could, shows the audience how Marco is more humble in his strength, rather than actually hitting Eddie literally, he hurts him even more by insulting him in front of the whole family, by asking him merely ?Can you lift this chair?? The simple request sounds too easy for Eddie, but then when he actually attempts to lift it, he fails twice. His one falter in the scene gives us a hint of what is to come in the forthcoming scenes, and makes the audience feel that worse is to come. In conclusion, the aforementioned points all underline how much Miller cunningly uses the dramatic devices to really make the audience picture how much of a tragedy the play really was. I believe that the play couldn?t have been as more understanding as it is, if the dramatic devices weren?t present, as they bring so much meaning to each and every action, despite how simple they are. ...read more.

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