• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge", the character of Alfieri can be described as the 'hidden leading role'.

Extracts from this document...


In Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge", the character of Alfieri can be described as the 'hidden leading role'. He bears several roles, most of them more significant than assumed by the casual reader. His dual-role onstage as a character who interacts both with other characters and the audience provides him with the responsibility of bringing about some understanding to the events of the play, while his background makes him the vital link between two conflicting cultures. Alfieri is the symbolic bridge between American constitutional law and Italian social law. The son of a Sicilian, he was raised in America and pursued an education in American law, providing him with a suitable dose of both backgrounds. Like a bridge, Alfieri connects with both shores. ...read more.


Alfieri provides literal descriptions of a storyline which, up until now, has been conveyed only through physical actions and behaviour. His eyes were like tunnels, describes Eddie's single, unchangeable aim, whereas ...but soon I saw it was only a passion that had moved into his body, like a stranger describes how clear it was to Alfieri that Eddie was possessed by his motive. There is also an element of foreshadowing in my first though was that he had committed a crime - this phrase also reiterates that the events of the play have already taken place. There are further examples of continuity to promote understanding, provided by Alfieri, throughout the play. Give some of these. As mentioned earlier, the play is Alfieri's story, told by Alfieri. ...read more.


a potentially incomprehensible storyline, this quotation shows that the character of Alfieri is not an emotionless, "robot-like" narrator, but a real human, with a natural tendency to tell magnificent stories with an element of excitement. This can also be seen in his closing remarks on page 64, where he 'admits' to mourning Eddie. He's only human, and he's torn between sympathy and pity. He is a bridge between two cultures, and he cannot make a choice to devote himself completely to one side. It is the job of a bridge to link two sides together. Similarly, it is his job to maintain a link between the American and Italian cultures, yet he is torn between the two. Here we truly see Alfieri's dual-character, making him both a narrator and a character. Arthur Miller - A View from the Bridge ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Arthur Miller section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Arthur Miller essays

  1. Conflict in 'A View from the Bridge'

    Eddie finally realises that Catherine has made a decision to be with Rodolpho and there is nothing that he can do to stop her. He calls the Immigration Bureau and has Marco and Rodolpho arrested. There is conflict between Eddie and Marco as Marco knows that Eddie is responsible: "That one!

  2. "A view from the bridge".

    Rodolpho is discriminated by Eddie because of his feminine qualities, such as, sewing, singing, and baking cakes. Eddie continues to tell him this throughout the play. Still, Eddie did agree to shelter him when he had come from Sicily as an immigrant.

  1. Discuss the role of Alfieri in Arthur Miller's 'A View From The Bridge'

    'A View From The Bridge' does however consist of one continuous plot taking place across one setting. Alfieri is used to highlight the continuous setting about which all the play's events occur. On the stage, Alfieri is omnipresent and lights are used to draw attention to him at various points throughout the play when he acts as the chorus.

  2. A View from the Bridge - Mr. Alfieri's role.

    other law," although this time the difference is less obvious as it is not clear whether he is speaking as a human or a lawyer. As a student of American law living in the country, Alfieri is obliged to speak the word of the law, away from his by personal situation and beliefs.

  1. How Does Arthur Miller create dramatic tension in A View from the Bridge(TM)?

    forcing each other together while the immigration officers are dragging them away. At the point where Marco spits in Eddies face, Eddie is obviously aware that he has done something wrong but is so self righteous that he does not admit it and he starts to shout at Marco, and

  2. Alfieri - A view from the bridge.

    The play is set in New York, and not in Manhattan, where you would expect a theatre production to be set, but on the other side of the bridge. This excluded side of New York, is called Red Hook "The slums facing the bay on the seaward side of Brooklyn Bridge".

  1. The play 'A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller'.

    Alfieri explains that the law is not accepted within the community and shows the theme of violence and Alfieri's fear. Alfieri first becomes a character in the play, when Eddie Carbone visits him, to persuade Alfieri that Rodolfo is breaking the law as an illegal immigrant, wanting to marry Eddie's niece Catherine to gain citizenship.

  2. How does Arthur Miller present The character of Reverend Hale in 'The Crucible'.

    This is a very different John Proctor from the one we saw in earlier scenes, when he was full of self-pity and anger. The audience can see Reverend Hale's sensitivity to what is happening, which also makes the audience a little more sympathetic to him.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work