A view from the bridge - Examine the role and character of Alfieri.

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A view from the bridge.

Examine the role and character of Alfieri

Alfieri, an Italian-American, is true to his family background. He is a well-educated man who studies and respects American law, but is still loyal to his Italian customs showing that his views are balanced. The play is told from the viewpoint of Alfieri, he has a view from the bridge and it is between American and Italian cultures, between Eddie and the immigrants he isn’t on anybodys side, he can’t be as lawyers have to think fairly so he stands in the middle. Alfieri attempts to objectively give a picture of Eddie Carbone and the Red Hook, Brooklyn community. He represents the difficult stretch, of the Brooklyn Bridge, from small ethnic communities filled with dock labourers to the unequal cosmopolitan wealth and intellectualism. Alfieri attempts to present an un-biased and reasonable view of the events of the play and make clear the social and moral implications of the play.

        Alfieri narrates the play in the present and describes the events in the past tense he is in the play but when he is saying a speech he then talks about past events. This gives the play a somewhat eerie feel to it. From his narration, it seems that Alfieri has decided to tell the story for his own reasons. He does not find a conclusion after telling the story, but tells it nonetheless and he speaks and reveals his honest views of the facts. He is cast as the chorus part in Eddie’s tragedy he speaks directly to the audience and informs us of what is happening, alienating us from the action and reminding us that we are not watching real life. Alfieri informs the audience and provides commentary on what is happening in the story. The description of the people within the play and narration at the beginning of every scene change helps to distinguish the short chapters of the tale. Alfieri is fairly insignificant in the action of the play in general, but instead he more importantly frames the play as a form of a modern fairy tale. Alfieri admittedly cannot help Eddie Carbone, but must watch powerless as the tragic events unfold before him. Alfieri is the teller of an incredible story that he cannot change and is in many ways like Arthur Miller, when he first heard the tale of the Longshoreman.

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After Eddie, Alfieri's is probably the most important role in the play. He is, of course, in some (not much) of the action, as Eddie consults him. This is essential, as it explains how he has come to know the story. Miller has said that he wanted to make this play a modern equivalent of classical Greek tragedy. In the ancient plays, an essential part was that of the chorus: a group of figures who would watch the action, comment on it, and address the audience directly.

In A View from the Bridge, Alfieri is the equivalent of the chorus. ...

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