• 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...


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.


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.


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. A View From the Bridge - The whole of this play involves symbolism, on ...

    This shows that although the law does not always mean justice, it is still important to him. jU5VMtH from jU5VMtH coursewrok jU5VMtH work jU5VMtH info jU5VMtH When talking to Marco, Alfieri says "To promise not to kill is not dishonourable".

  2. A View from the Bridge By Arthur Miller - In this essay I am ...

    He issued Eddie with what seemed a friendly challenge, as Eddie did with Rodolfo, to lifting a chair one handed by one leg, which takes huge strength although this is not immediately obvious. There are some differences between Eddie and Marco; they are both strong men with similar family and cultural beliefs, set in Italian tradition.

  1. How Does Miller Use Alfieri in 'A View From the Bridge'?

    Tension is also created by Alfieri's description of Red Hook, "...the gullet of New York swallowing the tonnage of the world." The tonnage refers to the immigrants that flocked to America in huge numbers in search of the 'American

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

    migrant workers, and they still keep as much the same as Italy as possible. This meant that because they were all Italian, they were mostly catholic; all were religious and very moralist, the neighbourhood would deal with sexual taboos of the time like homosexuality and incest.

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

    This is another hint given to the audience by Miller, about Eddie's unhealthy feelings towards Catherine and the jealousy he feels towards Rodolpho and Catherine's relationship. Eddie goes to see Alfieri in his office, in an attempt to find a way to prevent Catherine and Rodolpho from marrying.

  2. The roles Of Alfieri in the play 'A View From The Bridge' by Arthur ...

    of the play were all brought about simply because of Eddie's love for his niece. Throughout the play the fact is repeated and reinforced that the impending disaster is inevitable and that both Eddie and Alfieri are powerless to stop it seeing as the relationship between Catherine and Rodolpho is

  1. Discuss the Role of Alfieri in the play A View From the Bridge by ...

    Alfieri soon appears in the play again, but this time he takes on a slightly different role. Alfieri appears as an actual character in the play - interacting with the other characters and influencing the story. In the story, Eddie, who is becoming increasingly concerned about Catherine's love affair with

  2. 'A View from the Bridge' - review

    After unconsciously tearing the newspaper in half, which he did under the spell of his ire against Rodolfo, Eddie can not resist showing his recalcitrance against Rodolfo and showing the household, that he is more sovereign than Rodolfo. He does it by inviting Rodolfo to fight with him, so that he can teach him a move or two.

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