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A view from the Bridge - 'There are times when you want to spread an alarm but nothing has happened' explain why Alfieri says this at the end of Act 1?

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'There are times when you want to spread an alarm but nothing has happened' explain why Alfieri says this at the end of Act 1? A view from the Bridge� is set in Brooklyn, amongst an immigrant community who are poor, most working as 'longshoremen' when the work is available. To explain Alfieri's comment we must first look at the build up to the scene. Eddie is an Italian and lives with his wife Beatrice and niece Catherine. Marco and Rodolfo are illegal immigrants, 'submarines', who have managed to get into America through a system of syndicates; using some of the money they make working in America to pay off the syndicate. Eddie and his wife accept the immigrants into their home. There are problems with the situation in the flat from the word go. ...read more.

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Eddie's obsession forces him into going to see Alfieri a family friend and lawyer. Eddie is trying to find a way to stop Catherine seeing Rodolfo. 'There nothing illegal about a girl falling in love with an immigrant' says Alfieri. Eddie can't believe there is no law to stop the two from seeing each other and ignores him. 'Yeah what if the only reason for it is to get his papers?' Eddie argues. The fact Eddie has come to Alfieri asking about the law shows his desperation to keep Catherine. This is because Rodolfo is an illegal immigrant and breaking the law anyway, but Eddie is desperate. Eddie becomes annoyed when Alfieri tells him he has no jurisdiction within the law. 'Listen...will you listen a minute.' ...read more.

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After Eddie leaves Alfieri turns to the audience. Alfieri acting as a narrator says 'There are times when you want to spread an alarm but nothing has happened'; Alfieri has dealt with cases like this before. He wants to stop Eddie somehow as he knows what the outcome will be before anything has happened. But it is for this reason he is powerless, 'nothing has happened'. It is a horrible feeling when you know it will all end in tragedy but are unable to do anything about it except let it 'run it's bloody course'. Alfieri cannot stand this feeling and tells of how he went to a wise woman. 'Pray for him' she said, Alfieri is disappointed with this answer and does nothing. In my opinion Alfieri is a weak man. As he is unable to save Eddie from what he knows will happen. ...read more.

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