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Discuss the techniques that Arthur Miller uses to create dramatic tension in Acts 1&2 of "All My Sons"?

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  • Submitted: 15/05/2011
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How does Arthur Miller create a sense of normality with an undercurrent of unease [Act 1]?

(Intro. Stage directions. Settings/ context. Joe Keller. Conclusion)

During "all my sons", Miller creates a sense of normality with a undercurrent of unease using several different techniques including: the use of setting, stage directions and dramatic tension between characters. All of course being subsequently keeping the audience enthralled in the play. The plot its self breeds tension, revolving around the two major areas of the family conflict: the disagreement within the family over the pending marriage and at the core of the play, the conflict between father and son. But by definition Drama Plays are by nature about conflict, in the play 'All My Sons' (ASM) has two levels a surface gloss of normality and a submerged latent

The opening of act 1 paints a scene of leisurely, relaxed life, untouched by the horrors/ deprivation of the recent war (world War II). The whole setting itself has sense of normality and unease which is created by Miller for effect for Act 1 is in an American regular back yard, (this is done so the audience can relate and

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