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How Does Miller Use Dramatic Devices to Show the Impact of the Arrival of Marco and Rodolfo in this scene?

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How Does Miller Use Dramatic Devices to Show the Impact of the Arrival of Marco and Rodolfo in this scene? In the play 'A view from a bridge' Miller uses many dramatic devices in many scenes. I am going to be looking at the dramatic devices miller uses to show the impact of the arrival of Marco and Rodolfo. In the early 1950's Italy was a very poor country because the economy was very slow to grow particularly in the south which was less industrialised. This meant that many Italians left Italy for America with the help of dockyard owners who knew that they may well get cheap labour from immigrants until they had paid for their passage over to America. Once they had paid their fare, the immigrants were left to make their own way. The play is set in this time in Brooklyn where the family the play is about, Eddie, Beatrice and their niece Catherine, lives. The family are awaiting the arrival of Beatrice's two cousins Marco and Rodolfo who have illegally immigrated to America to seek a better life and to earn money to send home to their families Before the arrival of the two cousins the family are just living normally. Eddie and Beatrice are having a few problems with their marriage which are only made worse as the play goes on. ...read more.


Rodolfo irritates Eddie again by saying 'especially when they are so beautiful' and indicates to Catherine. Eddie can see that something is going to happen between Catherine and Rodolfo and we can see this from the stage direction with says 'his face puffed with trouble' this tells us that he does not want something to happen between Catherine and Rodolfo. Marco and Rodolfo clearly have a good brotherly relationship and Marco seems to have some control over Rodolfo as he seems able to tell him what to do. From this we can see that if there was ever a problem for Rodolfo, Marco would help him and look out for him. The scene where Rodolfo and Marco arrive is a very important scene because these two people who are virtually strangers to Eddie, Beatrice and Catherine have arrived and are going to change the way the family live their life. At the start of the scene nobody really knows what to say and Beatrice who is the only person who knows everyone is clearly very nervous, she introduces everyone and then starts making coffee, once she has settles down a bit she tries to get everyone talking by asking lots of questions like 'so what kind of work did yiz do?' In this scene she is in the middle of the Americans and the Italians. ...read more.


He also talks about how Eddie never expected anything to happen in his life. 'Eddie Carbone had never expected to have a destiny'. But now these two Italians have come into his life it is going to change his life and his destiny. He does not say much but it makes the scene very dramatic. There are three main themes in 'A view from a bridge' law and justice crossing cultures, respect and honour. All of them are important to the storyline. Law and justice are very important because Eddie goes to Alfieri, a lawyer, for help when Catherine and Rodolfo announce they are getting married. He wants to find some way for the law to be able to stop their marriage going ahead but Alfieri tells him there is no law for that. When Eddie finds out the Alfieri cannot help him he decides to take matters into his own hands by telling the authorities that Rodolfo and Marco are living illegally in America. This is very shocking because respect, honour and family ties has always been important to Eddie and people handing others (especially their own family) over to the authorities was always something Eddie was very against. It was also very shocking because Eddie had always got on very well with Marco, so it was shocking that he would hand him over to the authorities when he had done nothing wrong himself. ...read more.

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