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A View From The Bridge.

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A View From The Bridge Alfieri holds the structure of the play together. Alfieri is like the string, which, if taken away, makes the play completely fall apart. Without him the scenes would not add-up. Alfieri enables the audience to understand what is going on in the junction between the scenes. Alfieri is the narrator as well as a very important character in the play. Alfieri's opening speech at the very beginning of the play gives wide hints that it is going to reach a tragic conclusion. As well as at the foot of page 35, "I knew where he was heading", "I knew where he was going to end". Alfieri simply walks us through the whole plot. He plays the role of a lawyer who is often visited by Eddie Carbone(A worker at the docks)with his various problems. In Scene 2 Act 1 Eddie visits Alfieri to discuss issues about his niece. Tension is created when when Alfieri tries to tell Eddie that Catherine has grown up and can make her won decisions when he says "Yes, but these things have to end Eddie". ...read more.


At the end of page 35, Alferi gives a short speech. In it, his words stand as evidence that he knows what is going to happen. "There are times when you want to spread an alarm......but nothing has happened", "I knew then and there......I could have finished the whole story that afternoon". This short speech has a very dramatic effect on the rest of the play. On page 36, the family start to have a conversation on where Marco and Rodolfo had been to. Tension is created when Eddie foolishly suggests that he heard that they paint the oranges in italy to make them look orange, knowing that one if not both would react to this foolish remark. Marco is quick to correct him and Rodolfo adds that "lemons' are green" as if Eddie was dumb enough not to know this already. Eddie gets angry here as he says "I know lemons are green for christs sake"(Eddie's rage and frustration shows clearly as he swears on Christ) "I said oranges they paint, I didn't say nothin' about lemons". ...read more.


When Rodolfo says "it is more strict in our town......its not so free". Eddie assures him that its not so free here either, like he thinks. Eddie next suggests to Marco that in Italy you wouldn't jus drag a girl off without permission as if trying to say that Rodolfo is doing the exact opposite. Eddie also says that there is more chance of Rodolfo getting caught if he keeps on going out like this, which is ironic because there is exactly the same chance in the day. At this point we know that Eddie is making blind attempts to stop Catherine and Rodolfo from seeing each other. At a later point Marco tells everyone that Rodolfo can cook as well and here Eddie's tone of dislike stands out. He ironically says "It's wonderful, he sings, he cooks, he can make dresses". Speaking as if this were a bad thing, as if trying to say that Rodolfo does everything that women should do. Maybe trying to suggest that he is gay. Alferi's prediction at this point of the play seems likely to be true and one of his quotes from earlier help to show this. "I knew where he was heading for......I knew where he was going to end". ...read more.

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