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Discuss Alfieri's and Eddie Carbone's Character in relation to the play - a view from the bridge

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Discuss Alfieri's and Eddie Carbone's Character in relation to the play- a view from the bridge Alfieri is the representative bridge between American law and ethnic laws. Alfieri, an Italian-American, is true to his racial identity. He is a well-educated man who studies and respects American law, but is still loyal to Italian behaviour. The play told from the viewpoint of Alfieri, the view from the bridge between American and Italian cultures who attempts to objectively give a picture of Eddie Carbone and the 1950s Red Hook, Brooklyn community. Alfieri represents the difficult widen, personified in the Brooklyn Bridge, from small ethnic neighbourhood overflowing with dock labourers to the unlike international wealth and intellectualism of Manhattan. ...read more.


Alfieri is fairly unimportant in the action of the play in general, but more significantly frames the play as a form of a modern fairy tale. Alfieri admittedly cannot help Eddie Carbone, but must weakly watches the tragic events unfold before him. There is no false impression of realism, Alfieri intentionally breaks the fourth wall and talks to the audience during the rebuilding of the story. Alfieri is in many ways like Arthur Miller, when he first heard the tale of the Longshoreman. He is the teller of and incredible story that he cannot change. Eddie Carbone is the tragic character of The View from the Bridge. He is constantly self-interested, wanting to encourage and defend his innocence. ...read more.


Eddie's great attention to his attractive niece and powerlessness in his own relationship immediately makes this meaning clear. Although Eddie seems not capable to understand his feelings for his niece until the end of the play, other characters are conscious. Beatrice is the first to express this option in her chat with Catherine. Alfieri also realises Eddie's feelings during his first conversation with Eddie. Eddie does not understand his feelings until Beatrice clearly eloquences his needs in the conclusion of the play, "You want somethin' else, Eddie, and you can never have her!" Eddie does not realise his feeling for Catherine because he has built an imaginary world where he can hold back his advise. This 'suppression' is what destroys Eddie. In conclusion, Eddie and Alfieri, are main characters in the play a view from the bridge, for various different reasons. ...read more.

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