The Dramatic Importance of the Role of Alfieri in A View From the Bridge

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The Dramatic Importance of the Role of Alfieri in A View From the Bridge

First performed in 1956. Arthur Millers play 'A view from the bridge'

was originally set in the 1940's and started life as a one act verse

before Arthur Miller converted it to a two act play to enhance and

make it more enjoyable for the audience of today. In the title 'A view

from the bridge' Arthur Miller is referring to the Brooklyn Bridge

which used to be the largest cable bridge in the world and its main

purpose is to separate Manhattan from the slums of Brooklyn such as

Redhook. One of Arthur Miller's main intentions for writing this play

was to show that it is still possible for all the pressures and

problems of the modern world while encountering the difficulty of how

to deal with the responsibility of individuals as seen in Greek

tragedies. This was a big aim for Arthur Miller's play to have made a

Modern Greek tragedy with all the main ingredients of one. These main

attributes for a Greek tragedy can all be seen in 'A view from the

bridge' and some of these include the chorus who is in the form of

Alfieri while other aspects include the antagonist, a catastrophe, a

prologue, a protagonist and the destiny of fate and are all fixed on

the characters. During the prologue which is in the form of a long

speech to the audience (a soliloquy) by Alfieri which sets the

background to the play but also manages to give the play a sense of

inevitability of the events that are about to take place by Alfieri's

clues and hints but also by some of the vocabulary he uses such as

"destiny" and the references he makes to beatings up of lawyers and Al

Capone; the famous 19...

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...lfieri in telling the truth, he also make it clear to the audience

that he was "Powerless" in "stopping the run of blood on it's course".

A very contrasting issue with Alfieri and the characters around him is

his use and knowledge of the language. The fact that he speaks

Standard English makes him stand out in the play and this tells the

audience that he has been well educated, something that the other

characters lack. Eddie is a prime example of this plus it can be seen

in his struggle to express himself and his emotions fully to Alfieri

who helps him on the way. The presence of law and justice is always in

the minds of the audience and Alfieri always reminds them of this as

he is a lawyer even in extended periods of action when we forget that

Alfieri is narrating but somewhat see him as another character in the

play.

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