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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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Examine Miller's use of language and dramatic devices in helping the audience to understand the themes of A View From The Bridge Arthur Miller is regarded as a great dramatist and he explores the life struggles of an ordinary man against authority and insurmountable odds and in 'A View From The Bridge' he uses many dramatic devices and enigmatic themes to help the audience understand the play. Some of the main themes are jealousy, love, law, justice and social class. The play opens with Alfieri's thoughtful analysis of the situation in Red Hook. Alfieri is a sympathetic and an educated lawyer and 'And when I saw him walk through my door, I knew why I had waited' clearly shows Alfieri's character of being a perceptive and understanding man. He speaks in a conversational style and he tells the story in a series of flashbacks and he is in control of the play. He immediately creates the atmosphere - where crime was once set in that very neighborhood. Alfieri has a mysterious role and Miller uses him as a crucial link between the characters he is also used as a narrator, commentator and sometimes a character. He talks about it being 'better to settle for half' and how he likes that better as, the search for absolute justice results in intolerable consequences as well as, being virtually impossible. ...read more.

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When Eddie hits Rodolfo he is quick to make it clear to Eddie that he is stronger than him and that he will defend Rodolfo if necessary. Not being selfish, he feels that it is his duty to punish Eddie and if the law is not helping him then he will take the law into his own hands. The lively sense of humor and the good looks of Rodolfo make an immediate impact on Catherine when he enters the play. 'This will be the first house I have walked into in America' states he is delighted to be in America. He can cook, sing and make clothes basically, he is a man of many talents and many of which were sneered at by Eddie. Rodolfo gets upset with Eddie's hostility and cannot understand why Eddie dislikes him. Catherine falls in love with Rodolfo very quickly and his love for her is generally genuine and powerful. As the play progresses there is a noticeable change in roles between Marco and Rodolfo. Marco is seen to be the stronger, more responsible one, 'the leader' however, at the end we see the thoughtful, sensitive Rodolfo who can see what terrible consequences will result from the conflict between Marco and Eddie. He attempts to persuade Marco not to harm Eddie and he apologizes to Eddie for his behaviour proving that he is an intelligent and sensitive character who feels a sense of responsibility for those close to him. ...read more.

Conclusion

He also mentions Caesar to emphasize that the case he is about to handle is not very different to many of the 'bloody courses' that run throughout the history of Italy. He tells the story in a series of flashbacks provides a running commentary like the ancient chorus did, but as this is his tale of what has already happened, he cannot change the future. When he states 'I watched it run its bloody course' makes it clear to the audience that the play is going to end in a tragedy. Also, the audience is aware, from Alfieri's speech, that the main character is led by fate towards an ending that cannot be escaped by anyone. Miller used the basic themes to build his play up on such as, justice, love, jealousy, law and social class. He used them to put the play together and help the audience understand the thoughts, feelings and emotions of the characters. He used dramatic devices and certain language, from Alfieri's educated speech to Eddie's inexpert however, realistic American language, to do so. Miller used these techniques in a clever way so he was able to express his ideas fully. One way was through Alfieri, he was used as a character and a narrator to emphasize the themes to the audience. Alfieri leaves the audience thinking about these techniques and themes that Miller used that caused Eddie to get the tragic ending that he did. ...read more.

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