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What is the dramatic function of Alfieri in "A View From The Bridge"?

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What is the dramatic function of Alfieri in "A View From The Bridge"? Alfieri has many dramatic functions in the play, such as filling us in on the smaller details and leading us in the right direction regarding the end of the play. There are many examples and in this piece I will go through some of them. In his opening speech Alfieri establishes that the law and justice, law of the community, will play a major role in the happenings of the play. This shows us that he detached as a character as he already seems to know what is going to happen. Alfieri then goes on to say that lawyers many years ago could not stop a "complaint" running its "bloody course". This causes us to question whether the law is capable of delivering justice. Alfieri makes the statement "Now we settle for half...". This is dramatic as it can be interpreted in more than one way. ...read more.


Whereas, the other character only follow the law of the community, which in their eyes is complete justice. This increases his dramatic function as there is also a struggle between American law (telling immigration) and the law of the community (keeping quiet). Alfieri is also the link between these laws and throughout the play makes Eddie choose between these laws. This is shown when Eddie goes to Alfieri and tells him Rudolpho is not right. He tells Eddie that there is nothing he can do under the law except for informing immigration of Rudolpho. Alfieri then says that he knew from then what was going to happen. This brings me on the dramatic function of Alfieri, being the dominant figure in the unfolding of the drama as he always seems to give us hints and clues on what might be going to happen next. In his first speech Alfieri gives a clue that makes it very obvious to the audience what is going to happen at the end of the play. ...read more.


And he tells Marco, while he is in jail, "Only God makes justice...". He does try to stop the conflict from happening but as he said it was inevitable. But he is really powerless to do anything. Alfieri's dramatic function can also be described to be Arthur Miller's voice in the play, used to voice his own judgements on the events in the play. For example Miller uses Alfieri as a means of describing Eddie in Alfieri's first speech. To be precise he said, "He was as good a man as he had to be in a life that was hard and even. He worked on the piers when there was work, he brought home his pay, he lived". Miller also uses Alfieri as a means of pointing out Eddie's moral failure, but also points out that Alfieri still admires him. Alfieri's dramatic function in the play is immense as he is used by Miller as the chorus, the voice of the author in the play and the divide between Law and Justice in the play. ...read more.

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