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A View from a Bridge - Miller's use of tragedy and dramatic irony

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"Watched it run its bloody course". From this moment this indicates to the audience that there will be a tragedy and Alfieri will be the centre of it. This is also dramatic irony. This shows that there will be more and more conflict and violence as the play continues. Miller wrote a play before this called 'Death of a Salesman', which didn't have a narrator, but had a message that the audience didn't understand immediately when it was first performed. Miller got the idea of using a narrator from Greek tragedy so he used it in 'A View from the Bridge' so the audience understood the message and the play. He was interested in how people interact with each other. Miller makes Alfieri's character different to the other characters for example, when Eddie goes to see Alfieri he speaks in a very hesitant way. "Wait a minute... which is... I mean, it's alright... I mean...you know what I mean" this shows he is not very articulate. However Alfieri speaks in a very precise and formal way. This is illustrated by lines like "for I confess that something perversely pure calls to me from his memory" by comparing the two characters you can judge that Alfieri is an educated man and Eddie is artesan. Alfieri articulates Eddie's feelings to help him forecast the coming events. A lawyer's trick to understand a person to the best of their ability is to crawl in their skin and walk around. ...read more.

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He also advises him against telling the immigration officers about Marco and Rodolpho because the neighbourhood will not talk to him and like him, also his family will never forgive him. Alfieri's relationship with Macro & Rodolpho is different to Eddie's relationship with Alfieri because his advice to Marco & Rodolpho is by using his knowledge and the law but the type of advice he gives to them is strictly legal and not emotional. This is shown to be superior. Alfieri uses very accurate language and does not use colloquial words, for example 'Lemme', 'Givin me the willies', 'Walkin wavy' and 'Gonna'. He speaks as a well-mannered literate characters using metaphors like "this is the gullet of New York swallowing the tonnage of the world" The effect of this is show that everything is sucked in and absorbed forming waste and chemicals. . Eddie thinks Rodolpho is not manly because he sings and amuses people which is a talent but he also suspects something about Rodolpho he thinks he mighty be homosexual, from Eddie's view "he ain't right" this is shown by the lines "I know a tenor, this ain't no tenor. I mean if you come in the house and you didn't know who was singing, you would be looking for him, you'd be looking for her" This quote shows from Eddie's view he sings like a women and behaves like a women. Eddie also thinks Rodolpho is not manly as he buys clothes which are inappropriate For example when Eddie says "a snappy new jacket he buys, records, a pointy pair of new shoes" His family are starving in Italy and he is buying all these new goods. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is also what Alfieri loved him for. Alfieri is like a bridge in the play when he can see both sides of the story between Eddie and Rodolpho. He tries bringing Eddie and other characters together and has the perspective of being on a bridge. He brings the bridge together between the audience and the characters. Alfieri is a major character in this play he has an effect on all of the main action in the play. Arthur Millers uses Alfieri as a narrator in the play like Greek chorus and the main difference is that Alfieri is a character as well as a chorus. Arthur Miller uses Alfieri to set the time and place for the audience. Alfieri is used to describe Eddie's view and his emotions, feelings and inner conflict to the audience. The mood changes all the time during the play, at the start Alfieri was calm and relaxed as the play continues he forecast the mood of the play. Alfieri's relationship towards Eddie as a friend is extremely helpful he gives moral and legal advice. This advice is honest & truthful. Alfieri's language is accurate & proffesional while other characters use slang words. Arthur miller uses Alfieri to show the main themes of the play. Alfieri gives legal and moral advice to Eddie, Marco & Rodolpho. Alfieri is used as a bridge between Eddie and other characters he also is a bridge between the characters of the play and the audience. I think Alfieri is a great narrator because he controls the event of the play and makes it a more powerful drama. He makes the message of the play more evident to the audience. ...read more.

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