Examining Alfieri's Role in a View From a Bridge

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Examining Alfieri's Role in a View From a Bridge

Alfieri was born in Italy. He is in his fifties. He is good humoured

and thoughtful. He is a family lawyer sorting out family difficulties.

He introduces the play and acts as a character. He is the narrator

that is watching the action on stage. Alfieri is probably the most

important role after Eddie.

One of the most important roles of Alfieri is that he is the narrator

of this play. He tells the story. He gives us hints into what is going

to happen in the following scenes. He introduces the play and all the

new scenes. He also usually ends the scene and he finishes the play.

This next quotation is an example of Alfieri introducing Act Two.

"On the twenty-third of that December a case of Scotch whisky slipped

from a net while being unloaded-". This introduction goes on to

introduce the scene and what usually happens at Christmas and what the

rest of the family are doing. Alfieri gives his views on the play. We

can be sure that these opinions of his will not be biased in any way

because Alfieri is a lawyer and in Brooklyn there are two sides to it

the rich side where all the famous are and where the people with high

paid jobs are like lawyers and doctors and actors live, but Alfieri

works for the people on the other side of Brooklyn where all the low

income family's live and where all the poverty is. So we can say that

Alfieri is the "View from the Bridge" He is the middle man he knows

both sides of the story. Alfieri tells this story backwards, as he has

already witnessed the story Miller has told. Alfieri evicts himself

from the people, who live in the poverty area by saying in his ...

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...merican citizen. It is important that Alfieri states the

law throughout so that the audience are clear what the characters

rights are and if they do some thing illegal they know whether it is

illegal or not and they are clear about what is happening.

Alfieri has a very important role within the play and he carries out

many roles as you have seen in the paragraphs above. Alfieri's role is

to be the narrator of the play, to outline the Law and Justice, to

introduce Red Hook and America in general. To create meaning and

atmosphere and to remind the audience that certain characters are not

as they first seem. For example he sympathises with Eddie. Alfieri is

one of the most important characters in this book he holds the play

together and ties all the loose ends up of the play and he brings the

play to an appropriate end.
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