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Examine the dramatic role played by Alfieri in the play 'A View from the Bridge' Alfieri is far from removed from the happenings of the play; he takes an active part in the play as well as providing the 'chorus' character. He is part of the modern American culture, but also part of the Italian culture, he also knew the Carbone family beforehand; "I had represented his father in an accident case some years before, and I was acquainted with the family in a casual way." This is why he is able to give a balanced opinion and to counsel Eddie. Alfieri's characteristic is to divide each act into unofficial scenes, and inform the audience on any missed action. Alfieri is the mechanism by which the play unfolds. The stage setting effect of having Alfieri entering as he does in the beginning of the play in his law office shows the dramatic effect of him directly addressing the audience. It is as though he is teaching the audience and giving them information of the different cultures between Americans and Italians. His long speech does not give much information about what will happen in the story but only gives us hints which makes it dramatic. He tells us his background and looks back to Italy where there was little legal justice and it was unsafe in comparison to America where there was justice and is safe. ...read more.


It helps us sympathise with Eddie as it shows that Eddie was not always negative and had good qualities as well. In the second of these two scenes, Alfieri hints at what is to come in an abstract way. The cousins have arrived. Alfieri starts his next soliloquy with, "Who can ever know what will be discovered?" 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 the characters and give them advice. Without Alfieri in the play, the audience would not be able to find out what the characters were thinking. This is especially true for Eddie, who is not very articulate, "But I'm telling you, you're walkin wavy." Whilst in the Lawyer's 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 shows his feelings 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, and morality, and the way they combine. As a chorus character he knows what is going to happen, but even so he tries to stop it, "She can't marry you, can she?" ...read more.


In the penultimate scene, Alfieri is in the police cell after Eddie has gone to the police. Alfieri tells Marco not to harm Eddie. I think this is because Alfieri likes Eddie, as he says in the conclusion, "I think I will love him more than all my sensible clients." He loves Eddie as Alfieri knows how strongly Eddie felt about his honour and name. Alfieri knew that Eddie would do anything to get his honour back from Marco; this shows the will power of Eddie. After Eddie's death, Alfieri is lit up so that the audience focus on him, and gives a final soliloquy, which calms the audience down after another scene of high tension. This is like a eulogy, as it looks back over Eddie's life. A eulogy is usually a series of memories from a person's life, rather like the play is a series of flashbacks. In the end, the conclusion is inevitable, and ends in tragedy. It is dramatically to have Alfieri close this tragedy as he is the he makes is dramatic as his analysis the whole play and makes a conclusion about the American justice by saying it is fairer every body has their share and everyone will live alive. The other dramatic thing is he says what he though to Eddie as a character saying that Eddie was right but he respecter it as if it was holy. After all the play is really about a man who whatever faults does not 'settle for half' and dies for his name 'Eddie Carbone!' This is what Alfieri tries to explain throughout the play. Hina Raja 11TJ ...read more.

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