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The creation and development of dramatic tension is regarded as one of Arthur Miller’s most characteristic achievements. Explain how and with what effect, Miller creates dramatic tension in ‘A View from the Bridge’ and ‘The Crucible.&#

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The creation and development of dramatic tension is regarded as one of Arthur Miller's most characteristic achievements. Explain how and with what effect, Miller creates dramatic tension in 'A View from the Bridge' and 'The Crucible.' Arthur Miller demonstrates his remarkable ability to build and maintain numerous forms of dramatic tension in both the plays 'A View from the Bridge' and 'The Crucible.' The tension he creates is unique to each of the plays and for the reason of writing them, 'The Crucible,' written in 1953 to display Miller's thoughts about the congressional investigations and 'A View from the Bridge,' written in 1955 which although is loosely based on a story he overheard on the radio, portrays the previously unknown life and views of illegal immigrants dwelling in America. Miller uses many trademark techniques to conjure a spectrum of emotions from his audience, spanning from fear to power or love to hatred. 'The Crucible,' is about a small farming town called Salem that within panic has struck. There are mad witch hunts and trials commencing, condemning those previously known to be perfect souls, all having began when ten young girls attempted to prevent their own punishments for prohibited dancing in the forest. ...read more.

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The quotation delivered by Tituba has a combined significance, it creates the accent of the character but also it reflects the stress or tension on the stage at that moment. When a character it put under pressure or is the subject of interrogation it is very likely they will stutter, miss words or use completely different sentence structures. The results of this are, it makes the play and characters feel more realistic because they appear to be suffering by unwanted dominant human emotions, in addition it means the audience are deeply affected by the performance and are able to draw up conclusions and are able to show certain emotions towards a character, emotions including sorrow or even hatred. 'You killed my family!' The connotation of this quotation is that it displays Miller's use of well designed dramatic statements, this particular one said by Marco as he condemns Eddie as the 'snitch.' Miller uses dramatic statements in both of the studied plays to great consequence, surprising the audience. This shocking of the audience makes the recipients of the play more engaged, further understanding the arguments of the character and realising their emotions into the matter. This allows the audience to additionally analyse the characters, comprehend thoughts and views about serious issues in the play and feel more involved. ...read more.

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The structures of the first and second acts of 'The Crucible' are typical for Miller. There are many reasons for the way Miller structures the acts of his plays. The culmination of the act and then the juxtaposition wthat follows has many advantages; it maintains audience interest because they will be stimulated during the tension at the end of the act and will then have to think about the new scenario. Also the tension being built on stage can achieve tension throughout the audience, which means the juxtaposition at the begging of the next act can be a relief to the audience. Finally in all of the acts studied in both of the plays the curtain begins to fall during the moment of high tension and close during the climax. This has the effect of making the audience think that life is continuing behind the curtain and what can be seen on stage is just part of the village life. The new set and having time past when the second act open supports the audiences thoughts that life is continuing behind the curtain, this makes the play much more realistic to the audience and allows Miller to deliver his message through a more believalbe setting that the audience will be able to relate to. ...read more.

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