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Examine Miller's use of language and dramatic devices in helping the audience to understand the themes of 'A View from the Bridge.'

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9th February, 2004 Abbey Clark Examine Miller's use of language and dramatic devices in helping the audience to understand the themes of 'A View from the Bridge.' In the play, 'A View from the Bridge.' Arthur Miller uses a variety of language and dramatic devices. These techniques are used to express the play more creatively, helping the audience to develop an enhanced understanding of the text. He uses elements such as character and language to convey the in-depth meanings of the themes within the play. In the play, Miller includes the authorial omniscient character, Alfieri. Alfieri's role in the play is extremely important. He helps to justify the themes, and makes them more palpable to the audience. In the opening of the play, Alfieri first appears to the audience, speaking a monologue. He begins this by speaking in the present tense; explaining his role as a lawyer, he implies, 'justice is very important here.' This theme is expressed perceptibly, and becomes clear that the theme is very obviously expressed through Alfieri's character. ...read more.

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This is one thing that in the end leads to Eddie's downfall because he was trying to be so manly it was unjust to show emotion. Eddie's avuncular approach towards Catherine motivates him a great deal in a way that he is so protective of her that he does not allow her to go out wearing revealing clothes , 'I think it's too short.' This proves to the audience that he is jealous over what other men might think of Catherine and wants to keep her for himself. In 'A View form the Bridge' language is a vital part of how the themes are expressed. There is much difference between the linguistics of Alfieri and Eddie. Eddie says 'Y'undertsand me' and he's stayin,' where as Alfieri takes a more formal approach to the way he speaks, this shows the audience the difference in social classes between the lawyer and the longshore man. Miller uses the language that Eddie speaks in, in such a way, that it is obvious to the audience of Alfieri's position above in society. ...read more.

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Miller adds depth to the play, beyond the words to show the seriousness beneath the words and how Eddies relationship with Catherine has gone to a more serious extent. Many hundreds of years ago, the ancient Greeks first produced theatre; the stories were told using various narrative figures known as a 'chorus'. The chorus would comment on the action of the play, but also they would divide the scenes and link them together by covering any action the audience did not see during the time gap. Arthur Miller imbued this characteristic upon Alfieri. He divides each part into 'unofficial scenes' and informs the audience on any action of the play which has been missed, as not it is not necessary to include everything in a play. Overall, it is clear that Miller uses a wide range of language and dramatic devices to make the themes of the play more explicit, he is able to express the themes through character and other aspects, allowing the audience to have a firm understanding of the themes within the play. Abbey Clark ...read more.

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