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"There are times when you want to spread an alarm but nothing has happened." Explain why Alfieri says thisat the end of Act 1.

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"There are times when you want to spread an alarm but nothing has happened." Explain why Alfieri says this at the end of Act 1. In the play 'A View From The Bridge' the character of Alfieri is not widely used as a person in the play, but as a narrator and as a scene divider The play is actually only divided up into 2 acts rather than scenes. Alfieri is the mechanism by which the play unfolds. Readers can relate to Alfieri for many reasons. They can respect his opinion, he is a Lawyer, but they can also like his character and can connect with his position in the play. He is under pressure from being told all the other characters' secrets and he needs to talk to someone, which is why the soliloquies are involved. He comments on the action in previous scenes and gives hints as to the action in the next, "He worked on the piers when there was work", "After they had eaten, the cousins came." In doing this, he exercises a key role of the chorus character, he comments but doesn't intervene, "I could have finished the whole story that afternoon." ...read more.


Alfieri is brought up as a scene breaker once again and talks of how Eddie lived his life like any normal person, 'a man works, raises his family, goes bowling, eats, gets old and then dies,' but since Rudolpho has entered his life everything changed, Rudolpho was a trouble that wasn't leaving. In the next scene Eddie and Beatrice are waiting up for Catherine and Rudolpho to return from the theatre. Eddie argues with Beatrice over Rudolpho gaining himself a high profile and how he is degrading Catherine, 'I don't see her practice no more.' Beatrice tells Eddie he's just jealous but he ignores the comment. He says how he didn't raise Catherine to get married to somebody like Rudolpho. When Rudolpho and Catherine arrive home he sends Rudolpho inside, 'Go inside will you,' and talks with Catherine. He says how 'I don't see you no more', it seems as if he is showing slight jealousy. Eddie tells Catherine 'He don't respect you' and that Rudolpho is just trying to hurt him and that all Rudolpho wants is his papers. Eddie gets very irritated. Catherine and Beatrice have a conversation, she wants to keep Rudolpho as a very close friend, or maybe more, but in doing this she doesn't want to loose Eddie as her father. ...read more.


As there has been nothing to show for the threat of Eddie, Alfieri is helpless, 'I could have finished the whole story that afternoon'. ______________________ In the play 'A View From The Bridge' Alfieri is a very important role. He ends the first act with a speech about how 'there are times when you want to spread an alarm, but nothing has happened.' The character of Eddie has been very forceful with his family and Rudolpho and so he visited Alfieri. With Alfieri he brought up the question of law and if there was any law that could separate his niece, Catherine, from Rudolpho, Eddie's wife's cousin that entered the country illegally. Eddie is very hurt when he finds out from Alfieri that he cannot help and that he has to deal with loosing Catherine. At this point in the play it is obvious that Eddie is going to take action against Rudolpho that will probably end up with a fatality, but there is no evidence of this that Alfieri can put forward so Eddie cannot be stopped with his rampage. Alfieri is worried for Beatrice and Catherine but especially Rudolpho. Alfieri is completely vulnerable, he doesn't have the power to stop Eddie do what is obviously about to happen. Daniel Kendrick Pluto 10 Y Prestatyn High School - 1 - ...read more.

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