The effect of using techniques - Sample Essay
Miller’s language/ text is varied e.g. Alfieri’s character is formal and intelligent so obviously talks formally whereas Eddie cant express himself and seems to have limited language e.g. Arthur Miller also creates dramatic irony for example when Rodolfo says “If I were not afraid to be arrested I would start to be something wonderful here” this is ironic as is when Eddie reports Rodolfo and Marco to immigration and has them arrested, the timing is awkward.
Miller is famous for his use of pause and stage directions. The pauses in the play create tension and gets the audience drawn in whilst the stage directions are very detailed. Marco picking up the chair in scene one uses both the pause, symbolism and detailed stage direction techniques, that shows Marco’s strengths as he proves to Eddie if he puts Rodolfo down Marco will only do it back to him.
In a way he’s threatening Eddie The effect of using techniques like that is the audience are waiting for more as the tension builds up they know something bad is going to happen, the genre of this play is tragedy as it ends in death but it also explores the human flaw of Eddie i.e. his emotions and jealousy, but what’s so tragic is that Eddie cant escape his emotions. Dramatic irony is also shown in Alfieri’s speech as he foreshadows tragedy although the speech, but also the fact that the audience knows things that the characters don’t is dramatic irony
Eddie is the centre round which all the conflict in the play revolves. Verbal conflict with all the other characters at some point or another. He often deliberately starts arguments – for instance, he questions the virtue of the wives of Italian immigrants: “I betcha there’s plenty of surprises sometimes when those guys get back there, heh? Even his jokes are barbed and bitter. Conflict within himself as he grapples with his love of Catherine. Physical conflict with Rodolpho and, ultimately, Marco.
The end of act one mirrors the end of the play and leaves the audience in suspense as tension is built up, it leaves the audience wondering if Marco has sussed Eddie out. Throughout act1 Alfieri keeps on reminding us the ending is inevitable Act 1: “I could see every step coming, step after step, like a dark figure walking down a hall towards a certain door.” In conclusion to ‘A view from the bridge’ the themes explored in this play are tragedy, love and hate, as the whole play turns out to be a tragedy because Eddies character is tragic in itself and he cannot do anything to change how he is, love is explored as he loves Catherine but also loves his wife B and he hates Rodolfo who loves Catherine.
We learn that Eddie’s character is his fate and his death is inevitable but caused by human flaw- jealousy (he is jealous because of love between Catherine and Rodolfo, as he loves her but she doesn’t love him) We also learn that this could happen to anyone and the timing and circumstances could not be controlled. Self knowledge is gained just before the death. For the audience the play is mainly tragic as we have followed the main character all the way through and have become emotionally involved with him and Eddie is a normal man with a normal life we realise just how this could easily happen to anyone.