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The role and significance of Alfieri in "A View from the Bridge"

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The role and significance of Alfieri in "A View from the Bridge" The play is told from the viewpoint of Alfieri, almost as if he is watching from the Brooklyn Bridge himself, of Alfieri's view is the "View from the Bridge". the bridge represents the small link that exists between the American and Italian culture. He tries to give a fair picture of Eddie and the rest of the Red Hook community. Alfieri symbolises the wide stretch across the Brooklyn Bridge from the small ethnic communities to the wealth and depth of Manhattan. The "old" and "new" worlds are shown through the character Alfieri. He attempts to give us and un-biased idea of the events of what is happening throughout the play, making the greater issues clear for the reader/audience to understand. After Eddie, Alfieri's is probably the most important role in the play. He is the only person that Eddie goes to for advice, the only person Eddie seems to look up to. This is important because it explains how he knows the story. Arthur Miller wanted to make this play a modern version of a Greek tragedy, he would need a chorus, it is one of the main parts and an important part in the play, Alfieri. ...read more.


Alfieri describes Eddie's appearance at their first meeting. "His eyes were like tunnels; my first thought was that he had committed a crime, but soon I saw it was only a passion that had moved into his body, like a stranger", He seems to fear Eddie as a mysterious beast, the remains of a great Greek tragedy. He believes Eddie was possessed with "passion that has moved into his body", the passion being for Catharine, hidden in his unconscious self was a stranger to Eddie's conscious self that denied any thoughts of it. Alfieri tells the story of Eddie Carbone as if he's a legend. In Act I Eddie speaks this quote, while eating dinner with Beatrice and Catherine. "Just remember, kid, you can quicker get back a million dollars that was stole than a word that you gave away". This shows the irony of Eddie's character. In the beginning Eddie tells us of a young boy who called immigration on his relatives. He tells them how they can't tell anyone about Marco and Rodolpho. However, in the end of the play, Eddie calls Immigration himself. ...read more.


Eddie is drawn to Beatrice and for the first time he looks for Beatrice's love and forgiveness. "Most of the time we settle for half and I like it better. Even as I know how wrong he was, and his death useless, I tremble, for I confess that something perversely pure calls to me from his memory - not purely good, but himself purely And yet, it is better to settle for half, it must be! And so I mourn him - I admit it - with a certain alarm." Alfieri does not find a conclusion after telling us the story, but tells it anyway and he gives his honest opinion of the play. He plays the chorus, narrator and the character of Alfieri, almost as a split character between both the other characters and the audience. He seems to update the audience and commentates as the story goes further. Alfieri is almost unimportant in the action parts of the play. He admits that he can't help Eddie, but helplessly watches the unfortunate events unfold in front of him. Alfieri is, in a way, a bit like Arthur Miller when he first heard the story, a story that he cant change. ...read more.

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