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Alfieri has a small part. Explain why, despite this, he is so important dramatically to the play be discussing the scenes he is in.

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Jon Battams 14/5/02 Alfieri has a small part. Explain why, despite this, he is so important dramatically to the play be discussing the scenes he is in. Arthur Miller is an American playwright. He got his ideas for the play 'The View from the Bridge' from his own experiences, such as working as a longshoreman, and from things that happened around him. His parents were immigrants to New York and Arthur was born in Manhattan in 1915. He lived in poverty from the age of 16, he had a hard life, but worked hard to get through it. The appearance of family means a lot to Arthur Miller in his plays and in real life. 'A View from the Bridge' is a play about a longshoreman, Eddie Carbone and his family. When distant cousins come to New York as illegal immigrants, one of them, Rodolpho, falls in love with Catherine, Eddie's niece. Eddie, with his obbsesion and unconditional love for Catherine, is driven to take action, which results in his own death Arthur Miller has used the character Alfieri to divide each act into unofficial scenes, and inform the audience on any missed action. ...read more.

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He ends it with, "There was a trouble that would not go away." This is reinforcing the idea that the chorus character can comment but not intervene with the action. I think Arthur Miller put Alfieri into the play as a Lawyer because as a Lawyer he can talk to Eddie and give him advice. Without Alfieri in the play, the audience wouldn't be able to find out the way the characters are thinking. This is especially true for Eddie, who is not very articulate, "But I'm telling' you, you're walkin'wavy." Whilst in the Lawyers office, Alfieri reveals what Eddie is thinking to the audience. After a Lawyer scene, the audience knows why Eddie believes he is doing what he is, and they may even sympathize with him. The only time Eddie tries to explain fully his feeling is when he's inside Alfieri's office. It is during the first scene in Alfieri's office where the main themes of the play come to light. Love, morality and family values. As a chorus character Alfieri knows what is going to happen, but even so he tries to stop it, "She can't marry you, can she?" ...read more.

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It is at this point in the play that the phone box starts to glow. In the past, the phone box has represented the outside world. It is introduced slowly, with Alfieri trying to dissuade Eddie between each stage direction to make it brighter. The rate at which it is shown to the audience give them time to think about what it could mean. By the time they've worked it out, Eddie is walking out of the office for the last time, and the phone box is the only lit item on stage. In the penultimate scene, Alfieri is in the police cell after Eddie has gone to the police. Alfieri tells Marco not to harm Eddie. Alfieri likes Eddie, as he says in the conclusion, "I think I will love him more than all my sensible clients." After Eddie's death, Alfieri is lit up so that the audience focuses on him, and he gives a final epilogue, which he talks directly to the audience after the full tragedy. This is like a eulogy, as it looks back over Eddie's life. A eulogy is usually a series of memories from a persons life, rather like the play is a series of flashbacks. In the end, the conclusion is inevitable, and ends in tragedy. ...read more.

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