• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explore the function of Alfieri In Arthur Miller's"A view from the bridge"

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Explore the function of Alfieri In Arthur Miller's "A view from the bridge" Arthur miller wrote "A view from the bridge" at the age of 40 in 1955. The setting for which is portrayed in the late 1940's amidst the Sicilian community in Brooklyn, in New York. The opening stage directions set, most purposely, in the Red Hook district, "the slum that faces the bay on the seaward side of the bridge... the gullet of New York". There is a strictly defined situation and background to the play, which is also expressed in the language of the characters. For example, Alfieri, our subject character, speaks in a recogniseable manner of American-English, whereas the central characters and protagonist (Eddie Carbone) tend to converse in a style referred to as Brooklynese. The rhythms and patterns which they use show an obvious lack of formal education and deprivation, which is common to many of the inhabitants working the docks, for example Eddie says "will you listen a minute? I'm talkin' about the law. Lemme just bring out what I mean. A man, which he comes into the country illegal, don't it stand to reason he's gonna take every penny and put it in the sock? ...read more.

Middle

the old stories, where they would tell of kings and noble men achieving greatness only to squander everything and ultimately die, to tell the tale of an ordinary man doomed right from the outset to endure the tragic cost of his personal weakness. While the play is divided into two acts the different scenes within the acts are effortlessly identifiable and are by and large denoted by a direct address from Alfieri to the audience. The question asks me to "explore" the "functions" of Alfieri in the play and doing so I have found two focal functions Alfieri is used for in the play, these are: 1. To act as a character interacting and conversing to other characters in the play. And secondly 2. As a chorus set aside the stage to converse directly with the audience. Although it would appear that each function would pose individually it is not the case as it isn't fully possible to separate these functions completely as they overlay each other. Firstly I am going to "explore" Alfieri's function as a character in the play. Alfieri is the first and last person we here from in the play, he introduces it at the beginning and sets the ...read more.

Conclusion

In this scene Eddie is confronted with the suggestion of his own relationship with Catherine and marriage, this also rattles Eddie although this is not the only cause of loathing, the indication and surmising from Eddie's peers of Rodolfo's sexual legacy angers Eddie and leads to him questioning Rodolfo's motive for marriage. We learn something about Aflieri's character here also, which is the Italian-American lawyer. The fact that he is a lawyer lends some respectability and the confidentiality tells us he is trustworthy, we can see from this that alfieri is in a very judicious position in the play for here he can instruct Eddie as to what to do as an Italian-American who embraces fully the laws of the country which they have become a citizen. Alfieri is however aware of the morality and culture of the Italian society from which both Eddie and himself have grew up in. it is Alfieri's ability to see this story from both the Italian and an American which makes his viewpoint particularly significant. Arthur Miller uses Alfieri to unite these two cultures; the underprivileged, immigrant, labouring district on one side and the American law permit him state on the more prosperous, academic communities of Manhattan. And from this we can see as having "A view from the bridge". ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Miller section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Miller essays

  1. Diverse Cultures: A View From The Bridge-How is justice important in the world of ...

    takes them in, endangering himself helping others for nothing in return, he feels nothing but pride, however when Rodolfo and Catherine fall in love he feels betrayed, that he gave them all he had but they took more.

  2. A view form the bridge - Explore the Dramatic Devices and Structures Used In ...

    "I want my respect" he says to Beatrice. "What more do you want? You got your house now. You got your respect", she replies. Eddie is now in complete despair because Catherine is going to marry Rodolpho the following week, despite his attempts to stop it.

  1. How does Miller explore the character of Eddie Carbone in 'A View From the ...

    "When am I gona be a wife again Eddie?". Eddie ignores his wife, he backs away; when he says "I can't talk about it". Eddie cannot talk about his problems, he can't articulate his feelings. This is why is more likely to resort to violence. At the end of this scene Louis and Mike have a conversation with Eddie.

  2. 'A View from the Bridge' - review

    that Eddie has reached the farthest of his forbearance and can't take any more. The tensions further develop when Beatrice tells Eddie that she has moved Catherine upstairs with Rodolfo. Eddie loves Catherine and looked after her since she was a child, but Eddie can't accept her moving upstairs, because

  1. Discuss the Character and Function of Alfieri in Arthur Millers a View from the ...

    Secondly he moves the play on, he retells events which have already happened. He gives details of places, dates and times, enabling the play to move on more quickly, without the characters having to give this information. His narration is also mixed with brief comments: "He was as good a

  2. Discuss the dramatic importance of Alfieri in the play "A View from the Bridge" ...

    Alfieri is symbolic of a bridge. He is a bridge between the audience, who are average, middle class people, and the players, generally poor, working class, immigrants. The white American audience would not have known about the Sicilian culture, when the play was first performed.

  1. A View From The Bridge.

    days and when Alfieri once again tell him he cannot help him, the law has nothing to offer Eddie and the most important speech of Alfieri's actually spells out natural moral law; 'The law is only a word for what has a right to happen'.

  2. 'A View from the Bridge' by Arthur Miller.

    It may also signify the relationship between Catherine and Eddie, "It's hard to love a doll that's not your own". This line shows the way in which Eddie may love Catherine, but her love for him is quite different. Another line that is symbolic is, "I'm gonna buy a paper doll that I can call my own".

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work