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Discuss the dramatic importance of the end of Act 1 of 'A View from the Bridge', consider the techniques used by Arthur Miller to make this appealing to the audience.

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Discuss the dramatic importance of the end of Act 1 of 'A View from the Bridge', consider the techniques used by Arthur Miller to make this appealing to the audience. Arthur Miller has used various different and interesting techniques to make the end of Act 1 from the play 'A View from the Bridge' appealing to the audience. For instance he has used stage directions, dialogue, actions and the foreshadowing technique to create dramatic tension between the characters. The techniques used help to create and raise tension throughout the play. For example, when Eddie scrunches and tears the newspaper up, Miller uses stage directions to create dramatic tension between the rest of the Carbone household and Eddie. Miller uses the stage directions in this example to aid the audience by making them aware of the characters feelings and the way they behave. Miller also uses dialogue, which gives the audience more of an insight as to what each individual character thinks. The actions Miller uses really help to make the audience realise the tension between each of the characters. The foreshadowing technique is used to an advantage in this play. This is because it assists the audience in making predictions of what will happen later on it the play. Immigration to the USA was very frequent in the 1950's - legal or illegal - and many came from Italy/Sicily. ...read more.

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After his speech, you can really get a sense of the sorrow Alfieri feels as he watches something unfold. He 'sat there powerless...and watched it run it's bloody course'. Which is something lawyers like him are not used to. Lawyers are used to being in control of certain situations, whereas this one, he just had to sit back and watch it go without him interfering. Alfieri himself is from Italy and he moved to America when he was 25. When he was first there, Frankie Yale and Al Capone were at New York, which gives a sense of how dangerous it was. Generally, when people came across lawyers, it usually meant bad news, seeing as their forefathers thought that the law 'was not a friendly idea since the Greeks were beaten'. Alfieri is like a technique himself. He makes hints about what happens later on in the play so he is like the foreshadowing technique. This makes Alfieri very important dramatically to this part of the play. The relationships in the play are very strong and dramatically important. Eddie and Beatrice's relationship has been suffering for the past couple of months. This is because of the fact that they have not slept together for a few months and that Eddie's love interest seems to be wondering somewhere else. ...read more.

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Marco then challenges Eddie to lift a chair from the bottom of one leg. Eddie accepts his challenge, thinking it would be easy. Miller uses the stage directions in this example to raise tension and make appealing to the audience. Like after Marco successfully lifts the chair after Eddie could not 'he [Marco] transforms what might appear like a glare of warning into a smile of triumph, and Eddie's grin vanishes as he absorbs his look'. It's this stage direction that makes it obvious to the audience that Marco is going to stand up to Eddie and stick up for his brother, no matter what. This is the most dramatically important to the end of the act and therefore has the biggest impact on the audience's predictions on the future of the play and it's characters. Everything that happens after are consequences of these three major turning points, including Eddie's death. Like when Eddie comes in and finds Catherine and Rodolfo together, he forced them together. The expectations of the audience are plain to see after the end of this act. They expect in the next act for things to progress in Catherine and Rodolfo's relationship, and everyone else's' relationships and Eddie's to decline. Also, something to come to a head between Eddie and Marco. So, there are 3 major points at the end of Act 1 that change the course of the play and the audience's views on the outcome of the play. These points are dramatically important to the end of act one ...read more.

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