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The Dramatic Techniques Arthur Miller Uses in His Play A View From the Bridge

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The Dramatic Techniques Arthur Miller Uses in His Play A View From the Bridge

'A View from the Bridge' was written by Arthur Miller. It is set in
the early 1950s, Miller was interested in the lives of dockworkers and
longshoremen of New York's Brooklyn harbour, where he had worked and
where the story is set. Miller heard the story from a lawyer friend
who had mentioned that he knew of a longshoreman who rattled to the
immigration Bureau on two brothers, his own relatives, who were living
illegally in his home, in order to break the engagement between one of
them and his niece. A few years later Miller visited Italy and
combined the experiences gained, about the Italian immigrants working
in Brooklyn with the knowledge of men in Italy hungry for work. This
provided the background to the play that was to become 'A View from
the Bridge'

Arthur Miller uses many dramatic devices to engage the interest of his
audience. I will be exploring these in detail. The title is symbolic,
it could be the metaphorical structure between the audience and the
characters. Alfieri plays the Narrator; he is the first person whom
the audience meet and is dramatically important to the story. Alfieri
is a bridge between the old world and the new. He is a Lawyer, and in
his opening address raises the themes of law and justice. In the
Italian community lawyers were thought to be connected with disasters,
this dates back thousands of years. To be a Lawyer meant you were
connected with the law, and in Sicily the law wasn't a 'friendly
idea'. Justice and family honour were important facts in Italian
culture. However in Redhook Brooklyn things are more 'civilized' ...

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...e stage set is a dramatic technique. The play
is set in red hook and the Carbones livingroom/diningroom is the main
focus of the action but the street outside and Alfieri's desk is
partly represented. The audience is aware of both the private and
public contents in which the play is set. One director set the stage
with no scenery on set apart from Eddies chair central stage, this
would be dramatically important as it showed Eddie being surrounded by
family and friends in the beginning but as the story develops, slowly
the characters move back, in till Eddie is all alone. Even in millers
production the stage is limited this is set to be symbolic of Eddies
relationship with the community and his friends.

Miller uses these dramatic techniques to engage the interest of the
audience in my opinion this has been successful.

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