How does Miller Set up Mood and Atmosphere at the Start of the A View From the Bridge? (first page and a half).
The stage directions lay out the scenery of the action as a ‘street and house’. The house is ‘skeletal’ which implies that in this community nothing can be hidden. This creates an atmosphere of other people judging you, seeing what you do. The first scene is of dockworkers, ‘longshoremen’, at rest ‘pitching coins’, killing time, maybe gambling.The working class atmosphere is added to by the dressing of the ‘worker’s’ flat and the ‘distant foghorn’. The context here supports Arthur Miller’s Introduction to the play where he said he wanted to show Eddie, ‘living out his horror in the midst of a certain normality.’
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