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At the End of the Play Alfieri Says 'And so I Mourn for him-I admit it -With a Certain……Alarm' How Does Miller Present the Changing Relationships between Eddie and Alfieri During the Play?

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William Bowles 10A 25/6/03 A the End of the Play Alfieri Says 'And so I Mourn for him-I admit it - With a Certain......Alarm' How Does Miller Present the Changing Relationships between Eddie and Alfieri During the Play? Throughout the play Arthur Miller presents a natural growth in the relationship between Eddie and Alfieri and displays a gradual increase in emotions between them. When Eddie first approaches Alfieri with his quandaries he opens up his worries deeply and emotionally but Alfieri stays professional. 'Eddie: I see it in his eyes; he's laughing at her and he's laughing at me. Alfieri: Eddie I'm a lawyer, I can only deal with what is provable. You understand that don't you? Can you prove that?' Eddie obviously feels very happy to open up to Alfieri because he hasn't told anyone his feelings before then. Alfieri is replying in a flat and impassionate manner. 'Now look Eddie' He is almost giving Eddie the cold shoulder and saying 'Eddie there is nothing I can do so wake up and deal with it. ...read more.


His eyes had a set plan and now all he had to do was walk down the tunnels into the end result of all his problems. His eyes were deep and meaningful. This time Alfieri is more inquisitive and attentive to the conversation. The first time they met it was Eddie asking all the questions and now Alfieri is asking the majority of them. 'Alfieri: What does Marco say? , 'What did you do that for Eddie?' And 'She actually said she's mourning for him?' This all signals that Alfieri is taking a more interested view of things and is starting to view things from Eddie's perspective. However Alfieri is still taking an authoritative approach to the conversation and expresses his views to Eddie in a slightly more 'take my advice or leave it' manner'. 'Alfieri: This is my last word Eddie, take it not, that's your business. Morally and legally you have no rights you cannot stop it; she is a free agent'. So Alfieri has taken a small step out of his role of talking about the law and is now talking about morals. ...read more.


Alfieri is coming to terms with the fact that Eddie isn't just another client, he is passed that, and their relationship progressed evocatively. Alfieri says 'and so I mourn for him..... I admit it with a certain........alarm.' This line ends the play very thoughtfully. Alfieri is admittedly upset about Eddie's death. He says he admits it with a certain......alarm. The pause is crucial, it means that even Alfieri knows what is going to happen is inevitable; he is still alarmed when it happened. He says he admits it with a certain alarm meaning it is a specific type of alarm. He acts as if he doesn't know what word to use but alarm fits perfectly to emphasize on Eddie's abrupt and tragic death. As the play progressed it was clear to see an increase in the importance of the relationship between Eddie and Alfieri. Eddie obviously respected Alfieri a lot and actually gained his own respect back for being so strong willed and honest. Alfieri was alarmed when Eddie died even though he knew it was going to happen. This proves he has a lot of feelings for Eddie that only escaped when he had died. So throughout the play their relationship had developed into something that was significant and special. ...read more.

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