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' a law
is in place, this is what is meant by the idea of two worlds. The
bridge from the title could interlink the old world of Justice and
Honour to the new world of law and punishment.

Alfieri's character is a dramatic technique used to engage the
interest of his audience by linking the characters to the audience.
After Eddie he plays the most important role, as he is in some of the
action. When Eddie consults him this is essential it explains how he
has come to know the story.

Miller wanted to make the play a modern version of classical Greek
tragedy, where a central character...

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