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Look at the role of the narrator in “A View from the Bridge” and discuss the way in which the staging of the play can help an audience to understand the authors concerns

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Samara Aziz 20th Century Drama Coursework "Look at the role of the narrator in "A View from the Bridge" and discuss the way in which the staging of the play can help an audience to understand the authors concerns". "A View from the Bridge" is a 20th century play, which was written by Arthur Miller. Arthur Miller was born in New York in 1915 and brought up in a Jewish background. Miller studied at the university of Michigan where he began writing and winning awards, such as the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics Circle Award, both for the 1947 drama "Death of a Salesman". Arthur Miller is still writing, still producing and still working in modern theatre, widely broadening his name as a 20th Century dramatist. In this play, we see Miller using theatre as a moralistic device. The play is set in New York, about a man named Eddie Carbone who lives with his wife Beatrice and his niece Catherine. When Beatrice's two cousins come from Italy to stay with them trouble begins to start within the family. Eddie becomes unhappy when he sees Rodolpho, Beatrice's cousin, becoming close to his niece, which makes Eddie insecure. The play concludes when Marco, Rodolpho's brother, stabs Eddie to death. To open the play "A View from the Bridge", Arthur Miller begins by introducing the narrator. ...read more.

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We see how Catherine has an open relationship with her 'father figure' by the way in which she talks and acts around him, but this could be what attracts Eddie to her. Catherine is a very na�ve person. She is a young minded and obviously unaware of her blossoming sexuality. As the play continues, we see Catherine demonstrating a certain closeness to Rodolpho. Now if we take a look at Rodolpho's character, we see how he is very different to other men. We see how he likes to sing, dance and make clothes. All these in the 1950's were seen as very feminine but due to Catherine's simple intellect she doesn't realise this. All she sees is how he has a very open mind and entertaining character. She is captivated by his charm. We will now look at a conversation between Eddie and Beatrice about Catherine and Rodolpho. Eddie - She tell you anything? Beatrice - What's the matter with you? He's a nice kid what do you want from him? Eddie - That's a nice kid? He gives me the heeby - jeebies. Beatrice - Ah, go on, you're just jealous. This conversation between Eddie and Beatrice is one of the first signs, which show how Eddie disapproves of Rodolpho. He also talks about him with little respect. ...read more.

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The narrator uses precise language to make sure the audience understand. A very clear description is given. If you looked into the narrator's character I would describe his as a kind of a symbol of fate as he is watching down on all the characters. If I were to stage the narrator, I'd stage him visible, behind the set, on a bridge, looking down on all of the characters. This symbolises 'the view from the bridge.' By using the thought of the bridge, Miller is applying imagery, as the view from the bridge is the narrators view from the bridge, or, society's view from the bridge. I think that the role of the narrator in "A View from the Bridge" is very effective in expressing the authors concerns as the narrator covers a variety of different aspects, both socially and moralistically. Miller has shown us that as well as telling the story, the narrator can also take over a number of other roles. I think this is a very good device, which Arthur Miller has used and succeeded in doing so. The symbolism and imagery is also variably used to portray certain images, which are used to help picture the scene, such as the bridge. I think Arthur Miller has put a great amount of thought into this play with which he has proved that he can produce to satisfy the audience. ...read more.

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