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Choose a dramatic section of the play and analyse how Miller conveys this to the audience.

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Choose a dramatic section of the play and analyse how Miller conveys this to the audience Perhaps one of the most dramatic sections in the play is the last one, where all the tension that has built up throughout the play is finally released in a terrible climax. So far in the story, Rodolpho (an illegal immigrant from Sicily, staying in Eddie's house) has taken Eddie's daughter, Catherine, from him (Eddie's view), and is going to marry her. Eddie is against this, as he thinks that Rodolpho isn't right, and just wants to marry her to become an American citizen (and also the feeling we have throughout the play that Eddie loves Catherine in more ways than just fatherly love). He has vented out his anger on Rodolpho physically, and, seeing that it didn't work, went against the rules of the neighbourhood, and phoned the immigration bureau to take him away. This has had two effects; firstly, to make Eddie totally alienated from the rest of the community, alone with no one to turn to (which, in a man like Eddie, could have disastrous effects), and secondly, make Marco (Rodolpho's immigrant brother, who's family is relying on his income to survive, and who is also being deported) want to kill him. The end section starts off in the reception room of a prison. In the scene are: Marco, Rodolpho, Catherine and Alfieri. Marco has been imprisoned, and has no chance of being freed. Rodolpho though is going to marry Catherine, and become an American. The only way Marco can go and see the wedding is if Alfieri bails him out, which he will only do if Marco agrees not to go and attack Eddie. The section begins with something that puts a doubt on Rodolpho's sincerity, "[Marco][looking at Rodolpho] Well-we did something [He lays a palm on Rodolpho's arm and Rodolpho covers it]" The fact that Marco looks at him is very significant, as a lot of information can be conveyed with a look. ...read more.


I personally think that Miller intended it to be the former, as he has set the scene for revenge on Rodolpho's part earlier, when, after being punched, Rodolpho responds with "[a certain gleam and a smile]". This smile suggests that he knows what's going on, and will get him back. I also believe that Marco is coming to kill Eddie, because in the previous scene, Alfieri kept telling Marco " only God makes justice". Maybe Marco paid attention to this, and is praying for justice. Beatrice has obviously also come to the same conclusion as we can see from her reaction, and her next line, "let's go someplace [...] I don't want you to be here when he comes". If he were coming to apologise, she would want him to be there. Eddie on the other hand may, blinded by his emotions, think he has come to apologise, which could be fatal. Even with Beatrice's pleading, Eddie won't be moved. He's already had too much, "Where am I goin'? This is my house". So at least Eddie's not kidding himself; he agrees with Beatrice, and thinks that he's coming for revenge, but because of his pride, he refuses to leave. He also possibly doesn't realise how dire the consequences could be. He wants to defend his honour and his territory, and wants to punish Marco for insulting him so badly. We realise that no amount of persuasion from anyone will make him change his mind. This helps create quite a bit of tension, as we know that there will be a climatic fight. Even Rodolpho changes his mind and doesn't want a fight anymore. He says, "[Quite suddenly, stepping up to Eddie]: It is my fault Eddie. Everything. I wish to apologize [...] I kiss your hand [He reaches for Eddie's hand, but Eddie snaps it away from him]" On first inspection, this redeems Rodolpho. ...read more.


The word animal is a good one, as it sums up Eddie perfectly; He used to be the leader of the pack and the dominant male, but then a new one came and challenged his authority, so he had to fight to defend his power and honour. Eddie is an animal in the way he thinks and acts. We feel as though all the tension that has been building up in the last couple of scenes is finally released in this one word. The way in which Eddie falls when he's stabbed is also very significant, "falls to his knees before Marco". It shows that he has lost, and has submitted to Marco. T's a device used by Miller to tell us that it's finally over; that Marco has won and Eddie has lost. Finally, to add to the drama, and so as not to end on a climax, Miller redeems Eddie by reconciling him with Beatrice, " My B.! [He dies in her arms, and Beatrice covers him with her body]. Miller does this to show how tragic the situation is and to redeem Eddie. The fact that Beatrice covers him with her body shows how much she loves him. She's using her own body to prevent people from desecrating the corpse. It is a very emotional and dramatic way to end. In conclusion, the playwright Arthur Miller uses many different techniques to create drama. He uses the contrast between people's thoughts, as they grow older; he builds up tension using stage direction and speech until it reaches melting point, then releases it in a terrible climax. He also uses imagery a lot, to help us see what characters are thinking, and lets us predict what they're going to do. There is also the way in which he builds up relationships, and then takes them apart. All of these things he does, often very subtly so as to work with our subconscious, to successfully create scenes full of drama, yet which seem almost real. ...read more.

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