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Arthur Miller creates moments of dramatic conflict. Select any two of these and discuss their impact on the play as a whole.

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Arthur Miller creates moments of dramatic conflict. Select any two of these and discuss their impact on the play as a whole. In the 1920s the American government passed a law that restricted illegal immigrants. Italian immigration was almost completely stopped. Only 3845 Italians were permitted to legally enter America each year. Arthur miller was particularly interested in modern day society and modern day family life. Miller, who was born in 1915, grew up in New York as part of a Jewish family. In 1983, he graduated from the University of Michigan where he had begun to distinguish himself as a playwright. His first plays were 'Hours of Dawn', in 1936, and 'No Villain', in 1937, which won the University of Michigan Hopwood Awards. ...read more.

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They have clearly had a good time as they are 'laughing and joking', according to the stage directions but the mood suddenly becomes slightly tense because of Eddie. The stage directions show us Eddie is not happy with Rodolpho being with Catherine because when they are coming down the street 'Eddie moves to enter the house', showing the audience he is feeling uneasy with the situation. The stage directions at this point help to show the mounting tensions. Catherine (with an edge of anger, embarrassed before Rodolpho) and Eddie (retreating before the threat of her anger). Eddie has little, if any, respect for Rodolpho and this is portrayed by some of his lines, such as, "I want to talk to her a moment Rodolpho, go inside will you?" ...read more.

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Katie then defends herself, and Rodolpho, "No, I don't believe it", "I don't want to hear it" and "He loves me!" Eddie is 'deeply alarmed' by Katie's last statement as we are told by the stage directions. In a production, the look of alarm would be shown on his face. Katie then runs off stage and into the house, clearly upset as the stage directions tell us of her 'sobbing'. Whilst Eddie and Katie were outside, the lighting would have been quite dull to intensify the feeling of tension for the audience. Eddie and Katie then enter into the house. Once Eddie has left the set, there is a moment of relief for the audience, as they would probably think everything would now calm down in the next scene. Laura Gatti 10H 'A View From The Bridge' essay ...read more.

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