A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
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TITLE: How does Miller use dramatic devices and structures to present the power struggle between Marco and Eddie at the end of Act 1?
Section 1: - Marco’s actions and behaviour prior to the end of Act 1.
Miller emphasises an introductory of Marco as a character who is predictable to linger in the background. This alters his liveliness at the end of act 1, which is all the more sudden for the audience.
The arriving of the two brotherhood characters (Marco and Rodolfo) changes the atmosphere, mood, and spirit of the play to be excitable. For instance, Marco is described as a “tender and quiet voiced.” character in the first stage direction, which gives away an impression that makes the audience feel anxious, enthusiastic, and impatient to what his character is going to emerge in the continuation of the play. Furthermore, his character is quite different from his brother’s such as his attitude, manner, nature, and personality. Marco is a kind-hearted, generous gentleman who shows respect in different ways, such as to his cousin Beatrice when “He kisses her hand.” presenting a respectful greeting from his nationality/background. He is trying to be as formal as possible. The appreciation he offers to Eddie, for example “When you say go, we will go.” presents to us that he realises Eddie is the man of the house and the boss. Marco also says “Thank you” three times proving his obedience and thankfulness to his new family. In addition, to show how much his cousin has saved them from poverty. Additionally, Marco gives me the impression that he is the older brother to Rodolfo as he conveys, “You’ll be quiet Rodolfo.” When Marco put into words “With your permission, we will stay maybe a-” Eddie cuts him off knowingly meaning that Eddie is in charge of the house.
Section 2: - Marco’s actions at the end of Act 1.
Marco expresses exceedingly little at the end of act 1 as Miller plots to display him as a...