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Discuss the ways in which Arthur Miller uses the characters of Alfieri to highlight cultural differences and to develop the audience's understanding of theme, character and plot.

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Discuss the ways in which Arthur Miller uses the characters of Alfieri to highlight cultural differences and to develop the audience's understanding of theme, character and plot. in 'A View from The Bridge' Arthur Miller uses a character called Alfieri to introduce characters, the plot and theme of the story. He makes us aware of the cultural differences between American and Italian culture through his opinions. Alfieri is an Italian American meaning he was born in Italy and immigrated to American to work. He works as a lawyer; from this we can immediately tell he is educated and very wise. He is a man of his 50's and in this story, not only does he play the role of a character, but also a narrator. 'A view from the Bridge' is about the movement of immigrants migrating from Italy to America. They moved because of the 'American Dream's which was people from other countries going to America to start a new life and earn a good living full of opportunities. The Italian migration happened mainly between 1820-1920. More than 4 million Italian people moved to America. ...read more.

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From that, we can sense doom and that is why this play is a Greek tragedy. We know that Alfieri is educated because he makes long correct long sentences unlike Eddie, Catherine, Marco etc who make short, slang type of sentences. Arthur Miller has deliberately made Alfieri a man of wisdom and an educated man. We can tell from his long and grammatically correct sentences. This linguistic technique makes the audience understand what is happened if they do not follow what Catherine, Eddie, Beatrice, Marco and Rodolpho are saying. The use of short, simple sentences spoken by the other characters makes the situation more realistic, makes the audience awake because it is very fast and the characters speak more often. There is more attention than if there were long sentences. Arthur Miller also uses a lot of exclamation marks so that the sentences are more interesting and so that the actors know when to shout or act exaggerated. This technique is also very good for attention because it is usually spoken loudly. It can also be used to describe a characters personality. ...read more.

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They may not know what justice is really about and therefore they take revenge. They are not as civilised as Americans but this is one of the cultural differences between the two diverse cultures. Arthur Miller includes many stage directions leaving the director making up more of their own directions. Alfieri is a narrator and a character; he was born in Italy and has lived there for about 20 years and then moved to America. This is the main reason why he can understand both Italian and American law, justice, and their cultures. He can also communicate well with the audience because he has lived through two different cultures. He plays the part of a character and a narrator making him "A view from the bridge" because he is looking and dealing with the situation and also telling the story as if it happened yesterday. His two characters/roles helps him to tell the story and give opinions making the audience aware and have a better understanding of the play, the characters and the plot. From him, we can work out the moral of the story which is "we should be satisfied with half if not the whole amount. " ...read more.

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