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Discuss the ways in which Arthur Miller uses the characters of Alfieri to highlight cultural differences and to develop the audience's understanding of theme, character and plot.

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Discuss the ways in which Arthur Miller uses the characters of Alfieri to highlight cultural differences and to develop the audience's understanding of theme, character and plot. Arthur Millers 'A View from The Bridge' uses a character called Alfieri to introduce characters, the plot and theme of the story. Alfieri is an Italian American meaning he was born in Italy and immigrated to American to work. . He is a man of his 50's and in this story, not only does he play the role of a character, but also a narrator. He makes us aware of the cultural differences between American and Italian culture through his opinions. He works as a lawyer; from this we can immediately tell he is educated and very wise. The immigration law changed in 1921-1924. This law only allowed people from Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia to migrate to America. This resulted to illegal immigration. 'A view from the Bridge' is about the movement of immigrants migrating from Italy to America. ...read more.

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Alfieri understands both Italian and American culture and can conclude in his last speech how he feels about Eddie and what he has done. From the start Alfieri hinted that the ending of the play wasn't going to be a happy one. He says "...and sat there as powerless as I, and watched it run its bloody course." From that, we can sense doom and that is why this play is a Greek tragedy. Eddie, Catherine, Marco use a lot of slang type sentences where as Alfieri uses long, well punctuated and sophisticated sentences. This linguistic technique makes the audience understand what is happened if they do not follow what Catherine, Eddie, Beatrice, Marco and Rodolpho are saying. The use of short, simple sentences spoken by the other characters makes the situation more realistic, makes the audience awake because it is very fast and the characters speak more often. Arthur Miller also uses a lot of exclamation marks so that the sentences are more interesting and so that the actors know when to shout or act exaggerated, this is a very good technique. ...read more.

Conclusion

When he was talking to Alfieri, he says "In my country he would be dead by no. He would not live this long." Alfieri understands how he feels but tells him not to kill. He is in America right now and such a deed can result to a life sentence. He says "To promise not to kill is not dishonourable." Italians are not as civilised as Americans but this is one of the cultural differences between the two diverse cultures. Arthur Miller includes many stage directions leaving the director making up more of their own directions. Alfieri plays the part of a character and a narrator making him "A view from the bridge" because he is looking and dealing with the situation and also telling the story as if it happened yesterday, this helps him to tell the story and give opinions making the audience aware, have a better understanding of the play, the characters and the plot. The moral of this story suggested by Alfieri is "we should be satisfied with half if not the whole amount. " Sam Budala 10 A4 Ms.Meads ...read more.

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