Alfieri's Opening Speech

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Tahmina Weda

Alfieri’s Opening Speech

The play A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller is a short play with nine main characters. One of these nine characters is Alfieri. He is the first character that the audience meets. Alfieri is a lawyer to whom Eddie Carbone goes to for advice in the middle of the play. Alfieri also plays a part role as a narrator. He is the character that starts and ends the play and gives the audience background detail as well as inside hints at what he thinks will happen.

Alfieri’s opening speech is a very long and detailed prologue with a lot of information for the audience. Some may say that it gets a bit boring as it is a lot to take in and in that sense Arthur Miller has taken a bit of a gamble choosing to start his play off with something like that. It is an introductory speech that introduces the play to the audience and finishes it.

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Through this opening speech we learn a lot and it is a very thorough and informative piece of dialogue. One thing that we learn is that the events that are approaching will be bloody and tragic in their conclusions. Alfieri hints at the story and this is one of the tactics of keeping the audience interested.

sat there as powerless as I, and watched it run its bloody course.”

This last sentence in his speech while he is alone to the audience tells us what is to come and gets us ready for what is about to ...

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