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How far do you think that a 'view from the bridge' is a classic tragedy?

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Introduction

How far do you think that a 'view from the bridge' is a classic tragedy? 'A View From The Bridge' is a modern adaptation a classic Aristotelian tragedy. The main character or the hero is a longshoreman by profession that's is plagued by a fatal flaw that causes his and significantly affects the lives of those around him. This idea of a fatal flaw in the main character, which leads to his fatal downfall, is technically know as hubris. This among many other elements in a classic Aristotelian tragedy makes the play one of interest and accumulating tension. Unities of time and place, the surroundings and the community have a major part to play in the heroes' downfall. The play is at the end of the 1940`s right after World War II, when Italian immigrants migrated to America for better job opportunities. The play is actually set in a slum area of New York where Italian immigrants have made a small and tightly packed community. Alfieries role in the play as chorus/narrator and prologue is crucial to the play because of the prologue right at the very beginning hints at the tragic outcomes. ...read more.

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This shows the influence of classic Aristotelian elements in the play. The opening description of the house/flat show that's it's a small flat with two bedrooms and a living room and a kitchen. They are all in a crammed in a claustrophobic space where temper and aggression can be allowed to be built up and so leading to an outburst of emotions through violence, which can often be the tragic element in the play. Because of the increasing tension in Eddie the main character, he is propelled along his tragic course. The confined space of the flat and the tightly packed community of Italian immigrants lead him to his own downfall, which also involves family members and members of the community. The teachings of the play are still very important today because the concepts in the lay aren't specific to the time in which it was written. The concepts in the play are about human experience and human nature. The themes brought up in the play include, law and natural justice (street law), family relationships, love, revenge, jealousy, community and very day life. These are no new concepts to us, and will never disappear from our communities. ...read more.

Conclusion

Tragedies like this one often have didatic element to them, (they have a moral and teach the audience). The audience go away with a purging of emotions, as well as something to ponder about when they go home. I would class 'A View From The Bridge' as a classic because the main character dies at the end in tragic events. But that alone is not enough to be able to call this play a classic tragedy. There are many element of Aristotelian tragedy in this play, also used by Shakespeare. Many would argue that this isn't a classic tragedy because it isn't in the right time period and that the play is predictable. But I do not think that a tragedy has to happen in a specific time period because tragic events happen every day and will go on happening for many years to come. Tragedies tend to teach us about our own nature and teach us about basic universal truths. This play deals with universal qualities of the human experience. This play has dealt with all the key themes of the human experience that would rather not be acquired by most men such feelings as anger, greed jealousy, and lust. But this is the human experience that cannot be avoided so therefore tragedies cannot be avoided. In conclusion I personally view 'A View From A Bridge' as a classic tragedy. ...read more.

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