Comparison of Dramatic Technique in Philadelphia, Here I Come! and a View from the Bridge

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A comparison of Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come & Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge

Both Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come, and Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge bear a resemblance to each other as plays, particularly in certain areas. For example, both plays are set at a similar time, in similarly isolated, and to a certain extent impoverished setting. Dramatic tension is used to great effect in both plays, to hold the audiences attention. The key moment, or climax also plays an integral role in both plays, and in both instances, these moments ultimately determine how the play is resolved. Also, stage directions in both plays are very similarly structured, as both Miller & Friel use very specific and
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In comparison, there is a similar key moment in Miller’s A View From the Bridge, where Eddie’s fate is partially decided upon one moment. After being humiliated by Marco, an already furious Eddie is told by Beatrice that what he can’t have, alluding to his niece Beatrice. This realization that his wife knows how he feel about their niece causes Eddie to go into a rage and to seek a fight with Marco even more vehemently. This ultimately results in Eddie being stabbed by his own knife, and dying. While it could be argued that in both cases, the ending was already inevitable, as Gar was practically set on leaving for Philadelphia, and Eddie was already out of control, I do not doubt that these two key moments had a massive impact on how the play was resolved. Stage directions are used as way of allowing playwrights to give direction as to what is supposed to be happening on the stage, and is used to enhance the audience’s experience and involvement in the play. Stage direction is used to great effect by both Arthur Miller and Brian Friel in their plays. In A View From the Bridge, Arthur Miller’s stage directions are very intricate, and detailed to the point of sounding strange at times, “After a moment of watching her face Eddie breaks into a smile, but it almost seems that tears will form in his eyes”. Brian Friel’s stage directions are very similar, as they too involve a considerable
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