The Role of Alfieri and His Dramatic Significance in the Play

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Explore The Role Of Alfieri And Discuss His Dramatic Significance In The Play The play is set in Red Hook, in Brooklyn, in New York. It is set in the 1940's. Red Hook is a poor local community with many immigrants. Immigrants went to America because of the depression in Europe so people wanted work, and America was seen as a place of freedom and opportunity, otherwise known as 'The American Dream'. The play is mainly based on the difference between old and new, between America and Italy. This basis is relied on and is brought up, at many points in the play. Alfieri's role in the play is neutral. He is a narrator, and occasionally an actor in the play. When he plays a narrator, he gives the audience information about what has happened, or is going to happen. He also moves time along in-between scenes, introduces key themes, and gives clues about what could happen in the scene. The play starts with Alfieri talking in a soliloquy. This shows just how Miller wants the audience to think that Alfieri is a very important in the play. It comes across that Alfieri is the person the audience will rely on for information at different points in the play. Overall, miller starts the play with Alfieri because he is an honest and well-spoken man. This affects the audience by letting them know that they can trust Alfieri as a neutral character. Alfieri starts the soliloquy talking about Red Hook, a very poor area which 'swallows immigrants' By talking about this, he is setting the scene for the audience, so that they feel more involved in the play. He then moves on to talk on about the play, and its characters. In the soliloquy, Alfieri talks about how Eddie's situation reminds him of home, 'washes in wi... ... middle of paper ... ...and then he gives his opinion on those events. In the first line of his soliloquy, Alfieri repeats the line from earlier on in the play, in his first soliloquy 'most of the time now, we settle for half and I like it better' The audience are made to think that the whole play actually centres around this quote. With the audience realising this, they now realise that Alfieri has brought everything back to the present. Alfieri reflects on the audience's thoughts. Without Alfieri's soliloquy at the end, the audience would be left hating Eddie. Miller uses Alfieri's connection with the audience to make the audience feel sympathy for Eddie. In the soliloquy, Alfieri ties up all the lose ends and clears up any questions the audience might have about the play. The audience are brought back to the present, which in turn reminds them of Alfieri's memory.

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