How, Through Dialogue And Other Dramatic Effects, Miller Has Constructed A Credible Representation Of Human Conflict.

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"In all my plays and books I try to take setting and dramatic situations from life which involve real questions of right and wrong. Then I set out, rather implacably and in the most realistic situations I can find, the moral dilemma and try to point out a real, though hard, path out. I don't see how you can write anything decent without using the question of right and wrong as the basis."Arthur Miller, 1948, press conference after the premiere of All My Sons.Knowing where the blurred line between right and wrong is drawn is the basis for conflict in many of Arthur Miller's plays. Miller deals not only with the moral distinctions in individual relationships, but also the responsibility of the individual to family and the society in which the individual lives. In two of Miller's more famous plays, The Death of a Salesman and All my Sons , we see the inter-related effect on the family and society when characters are morally inconsistent. We believe Willy Loman loves his family, loves his sons, but he does not deal openly about his 'indiscretion', even with Biff; Joe Keller loves his sons, but attempts to justify decisions that make him responsible for the death of some young wartime pilots. Chris Keller , Joe's son, states "There is a universe outside and you're responsible to it". A View from the Bridge deals with what the 'healthy' family contributes to the greater good, and therefore what the broken family contributes to the greater ill. The audience is presented with Eddie Carbone and the conflicts that arise from his ambiguous relationships with his niece and wife, as well as the strong allegiance the ordinary people have with each other against outside forces like the immigration department. In this play the single family is an elemental part of the whole society; and because Miller manages to create a sympathy for Eddie, Catherine, B., Rudolpho and Marco, the audience is more inclined to believe their actions and their unhappiness. Miller presents the audience with a family caught in a fierce human conflict made believable by the use of sympathetic characterisation, dialogue and an intrusive chorus.Arthur Miller presents strongly moral characters that exemplify 'real decency'; and because they are decent people with ordinary morals with whom ordinary people can identify, the audience is encouraged to believe their problems are real. Eddie Carbone is a truly tragic hero, his only flaw an overzealous interest in his niece, Catherine. He is not some driven Humbert Humbert pursuing his Lolita, a sexually precocious twelve year old. This is not a perverse relationship. Catherine is seventeen turning eighteen, unacceptably young for a forty year old Eddie, but she is still a woman and Eddie's ambiguous sexual interest is sanitised by Catherine's own interest in Rudolpho. She is old enough to consider marriage, therefore not young enough to offend the audience's sensibilities. She has also grown up as Eddie's daughter, but is in no way related to...

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