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Explain, with reference to the text, how Arthur Millersplay A View from the Bridge can be regarded as successful.

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Explain, with reference to the text, how Arthur Millers play A View from the Bridge can be regarded as successful. A View from the Bridge is an extremely successful play; there are many factors for the success of the play, one of those being the story line. This play is set in the mid 20th century, based around the working class American in Brooklyn, an Italian community. Eddie Carbone is a good natured, uneducated longshoreman who lives with his wife Beatrice and his niece Catherine. Eddie and Beatrice have looked after Catherine since the death of her parents. Eddie comes across as the typical over protective father figure who complains bout the length of her skirts and of how 'wavy' she walks. However we discover his feelings are a lot more complicated for Catherine, feelings he knows he shouldn't have for his niece but doesn't really show or act upon them, as he doesn't really admit his feelings to himself. However Eddie starts to travel on a one-way journey to disaster with no turning back and disastrous consequences. With a story line like this, how can this play not be successful? The use of techniques in this play that Miller introduces, highlights how cleverly thought out A View from the Bridge actually is. For a writer to make a successful play, they must entertain the audience by bringing them to the edge of their seats and create suspense, which is what Miller does. ...read more.

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On either side of the stage there are ramps representing the streets and a telephone box in the back left hand corner, this isn't used until the end of the play. Eddies apartment is skeletal, this symbolises eddies life, how empty and bare it is. The phone box is left on show to symbolise eddies forthcoming betrayal. This is an extremely efficient set, there isn't a lot of set change, which is good as the audience can keep up with the plot and pace of the play and not lose interest. They play carries on constantly making the pace of the play incredibly quick. The pace has to be quick as it symbolises Eddie, his fall was so rapid it was inevitable. All this couldn't be symbolised and seen without the sufficiency of this set that is one of the achievements Miller has gained in making this play successful. The last scene is the most powerful and dramatic scene in the play, although Alfieri tells us Eddie's fate at the beginning, the suspense is built up throughout the play towards the last tragic scene where all is revealed of how Eddie dies. The compassion Alfieri has the audience feel for Eddie is overwhelming. Towards the end of this play, my hatred for Eddie increased scene after scene until that final twist from Alfieri's speech. ...read more.

Conclusion

Eddie can't accept the fact that she's growing up. Eddie also isn't happy about the interest she has in Rodolpho, he seems to think that Rodolpdo is using Catherine for an American passport. Does Eddie object to this relationship because of the fact that he's a typical parent or is it due to his own feelings for Catherine? Confession and hidden mental questions linger throughout this play making it a successful figure to the drama. Miller gets the audience to presume before actually being told the truth. He makes us want to get into Eddies head rather than wait until the end of the play to be told as the suspense is too intense. So what are the ingredients to a successful play? Well, Millers style of writing is certainly a key point. He grips the audience and keeps hold of their attention but the use of language, characters, storyline, stage construction and conflicts certainly make the play what it is, a success. Arthur Miller use a story line which most writers stay clear from, only good writers could tackle a relationship storyline between uncle and niece making it into a quality production, not perverted. Miller makes you understand that eddies feelings are not from between his legs but from his heart, making the audience realise this wasn't a sexual desire but a possessive desire that couldn't be controlled. By Kayleigh Pilling ...read more.

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