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'How does Arthur Miller use actions alongside dialogue to create atmosphere?'

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?How does Arthur Miller use actions alongside dialogue to create atmosphere?? A View from the Bridge originated in the late 1940s, when Miller became attached to the suspenseful lives of dockworkers and longshoremen of New York?s Brooklyn harbour, where this play was set. To Miller this formed an image of ?a dangerous and mysterious world at the water?s edge that drama and literature had never touched.? This gave Arthur Miller the background of his play, which was to become ?A View from the Bridge?. He used his experiences of Italian immigrants and combined it with the true story of a longshoreman (Eddie Carbone), who revealed all to the immigration bureau, on his two relatives (Marco and Rodolfo) who were living illegally in his home, in order to break up a marriage that he disapproved of. Arthur Miller has used various actions alongside dialogue, to create immense atmosphere. Each technique portrayed, has a mixture of possible interpretations and intentions, for the audience to gain individual perceptions towards the events unravelling before them. Each action either contrasts the dialogue or supports it. Tension is demonstrated throughout. The events to be analysed are: the play fighting, appearance from bedroom, the kiss and Marco spitting on Eddie. This essay will investigate ?the Wild West, a desert beyond the law? using actions not words. ...read more.

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It represented the love of two brothers defending each other, and the heights a match of self-esteem, masculinity and triumph could lead to. In comparison to the chair-lifting occurrence, the next event could be specified as more of an awkward atmosphere rather than intense. A subtle hint was placed within the text, leading up to the incident. ?He is leading her towards the bedrooms?. When ?bedroom? is mentioned, the reader can immediately assume that sex had taken place. Rodolfo had been leading a vulnerable Catherine into the room. A further hint is given ?Catherine enters from bedroom?she adjusts her dress.? However, due to Eddie being fairly drunk, as he enters the apartment, he is unable to piece together what has occurred. Then Rodolfo appears from the bedroom doorway. ?Eddie?s arm jerks slightly in shock? this depicts a gradual realisation, creating an effect of building fury, about to erupt. It also displays that Eddie has put together, what has been taking place, whilst he wasn?t there. A sexual tension arouses. ?Rodolfo nods to him testingly? Rodolfo is again teasing and mocking Eddie as he ?nods.? This makes Eddie snap. The dramatic devices applied here, reveal an awkward and uncomfortable series of events. This then turns into rage, fury and anger, as Eddie looks on taken aback. ...read more.

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He demands for an apology. ? He has his arms spread and Marco is spreading his.? At this exact point in time, an immense amount of pressure is building between the two foes. Suddenly, Eddie lunges for Marco, as the crowd watch on awe-struck. ?Marco strikes Eddie beside the neck? insulting Eddie whilst doing so. Eddie knows he is a mere mortal compared to Marco, and therefore takes out a knife. ??Marco grabs his arm, turning the blade inwards and pressing it home?? This quote can be interpreted as a victorious defeat, where the best man won, which is perceived from the words, ??pressing it home.? As if this was all just a mere competition of baseball. The dramatic devices used within this particular dialogue, give the notion of a long awaited victory, in an imaginary contest. Eddie dies in Beatrice?s arms, and the mood becomes mournful and hushed, compared to the vigorous and intense atmosphere, leading up to the kill. Throughout this essay, I have analysed individual dramatic devices, each one supporting or contrasting the dialogue. Although, Arthur Miller?s dialogue could be described as basic, he managed to portray a realistic support of the actions, to create remarkable effects. Each dramatic device used, helps display a variety of diverse atmospheres, for the audience to envisage and bestow separate, yet acceptable perspectives. Only a single infamous author could create this vivid, impressive and enrapturing assembly of dialogue and atmosphere. Arthur Miller. ...read more.

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