Alfieri Essays

  • The Role of Alfieri in Miller’s A View from the Bridge

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    The Role of Alfieri in Miller’s A View from the Bridge Arthur Miller is now regarded as one of the world’s greatest dramatists. In his plays he explores the struggles of the ordinary man against authority and insurmountable odds. It is his ability to dramatize the attempts to find the balance between the different conflicts of life that is Miller’s feature as a writer. “Many of his plays look at the position of the individual in relation to their responsibilities and position in society and

  • Examine the role of Alfieri in A view from the bridge. Comment on

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    Examine the role of Alfieri in A view from the bridge. Comment on his dramatic function in the play and his role as both character and commentator. This essay will explore the different roles that Alfieri takes on in 'A view from the bridge. I will comment on how he uses his role as both commentator and character to create dramatic tension in the play. A view from the bridge is a play set in the late 1940s and is based in the rural streets of Brooklyn harbour, New York. Eddie Carbone is

  • The play A View from the Bridge is set in the 1940’s in a place called

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    grown attached to her and is very protective of her due to his incestuous attraction to her. Alfieri is a lawyer from an Italian American background and has lived in Red Hook since he was 25. Alfieri has a dual role in the play. He speaks directly to the audience and he reminds the audience of things that have happened in the play, plus he is also a character involved in the action of the play. Alfieri introduces the themes that run through the play. In Alfieri’s opening speech he uses the words

  • How does the language and stage directions of this section reveal the

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    think about the future. “A distant foghorn blows.” This gives a sense of impending disaster as the foghorn conveys confusion, a foghorn is used when you cannot see where you are going which is a lot like Eddie in the later stages of the play. As Alfieri is rounding off the opening speech he states: “sat there powerless as I, and watched it run its bloody course.” The audience knows the future will contain blood and tragedy. Towards Catherine, Eddie is fatherly and protective. When Catherine

  • Alfieri in A View From the Bridge by Arhtur Miller

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    Alfieri in A View From the Bridge by Arhtur Miller In the play 'A View From The Bridge' the character of Alfieri is not widely used as a person in the play, but as a narrator and as a scene divider The play is actually only divided up into 2 acts rather than scenes. Alfieri is the mechanism by which the play unfolds. Readers can relate to Alfieri for many reasons. They can respect his opinion, he is a Lawyer, but they can also like his character and can connect with his position in the play

  • 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

  • The Dramatic Function of Alfieri in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge

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    The Dramatic Function of Alfieri in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge The play "A View from the Bridge" was written by Arthur Miller in 1955. He was born in New York and graduated in English in 1938, to become a playwright. The play is set in Red Hook, in the slums of Brooklyn. It is about immigrant workers who are struggling to find work and provide for their families and survive at the same time. In "A View from the Bridge" Alfieri is a character who has been created to explain

  • The Role of Alfieri in A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller

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    The Role of Alfieri in A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller In Miller’s ‘A View From The Bridge’, Alfieri holds a vital role. He opens and closes the play, distinguishes between the two acts and in general keeps the audience up to date with the play’s swift pace, providing us with an inside understanding of the events which take place. What is interesting about Alfieri’s role is that he acts not only as a chorus for the play, but that he also partakes in the proceedings as a character

  • How Miller Uses Alfieri in A View From the Bridge

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    How Miller Uses Alfieri in A View From the Bridge In 'A View From the Bridge' Miller uses Alfieri in a great number of ways, sometimes to support the action, to narrate and to add to the literary conventions of the play. For example, to act as the chorus would have throughout a Greek tragedy, which would have been to comment on the action and to fill in minor parts of the play. Alfieri is used for both of these things. He delivers the prologue at the beginning and also appears in the action

  • The Dramatic Role Played by Alfieri in the Play A View from the Bridge

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    The Dramatic Role Played by Alfieri in the Play A View from the Bridge Alfieri is far from removed from the happenings of the play; he takes an active part in the play as well as providing the ‘chorus’ character. He is part of the modern American culture, but also part of the Italian culture, he also knew the Carbone family beforehand; “I had represented his father in an accident case some years before, and I was acquainted with the family in a casual way.” This is why he is able to give

  • 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

  • Why Miller Included the Character of Alfieri in A View From A Bridge

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    Why Miller Included the Character of Alfieri in A View From A Bridge The character Alfieri has a very important role in the play " A View From The Bridge." Alfieri acts both as a narrator and commentator but his main function is to offer ideas to the audience to set them thinking about the message of the play. Alfieri is a character in the play and yet his advice is objective and sympathetic. Alfieri is the first character to speak in the play; he therefore sets the scene and informs the

  • The Character Alfieri in Arthur Miller's Play, A View From the Bridge

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    Arthur Miller, in his play A View from the Bridge, gives a different perspective of the story by focusing on the character Alfieri who makes the audience understand the real side of the play. Alfieri is a well educated lawyer who follows and respects the American law, but is still loyal to Italian ethnicity. In A View from the Bridge Alfieri is equivalent to the chorus in a Greek tragedy, meaning he introduces the play and narrates the story in flashback. He explains the events on the stage to the

  • How does Miller use Alfieri to inspire Sympathy for Eddie?

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    How does Miller use Alfieri to inspire Sympathy for Eddie? How successful is he? In his play “A View from the Bridge”, Arthur Miller intends us to feel sympathy towards the protagonist, Eddie Carbone. Miller wants the audience to view Eddie positively, however Eddie displays negative personality traits like aggression, violence and over-protectiveness therefore there is a conflict between how Miller wants us to feel, that Eddie is a tragic hero, and how he actually does behave. The narrator

  • Miller's Use of Alfieri in A View From The Bridge and Theatre Traditions

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    Miller's Use of Alfieri in A View From The Bridge and Theatre Traditions The play A View From The Bridge, which was written by Arthur Miller, is a play, which on the whole, is written in the style of an old Greek tragedy. A Greek tragedy has a chorus (narrator) telling the story from an overhead view and who can see the picture of the play from both sides point of view. In the play A View From The Bridge, the person who plays the chorus is a lawyer called Alfieri who plays a key role in

  • 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

  • A View From the Bridge by Miller

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    character called Alfieri. Alfieri is the most significant character in the play because he is known as a good lawyer, a good friend to Eddie Carbone (a longshoreman) and surprisingly he is also the narrator. Alfieri is obviously the most significant character in the play. Alfieri as a character is known as a well respected lawyer and a close friend to Eddie. Throughout all the play Alfieri is helping Eddie with all his problems. "I know it Mr Alfieri, the guy ain't right". Alfieri does not

  • Justice and Law in A View From The Bridge

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    settling for half. The Red Hook community is described by Alfieri to be dominated by different ethnic communities, which bring with them different cultural beliefs and values. One of the dominating races within Red Hook is the Sicilian community, and Alfieri conveys the view that family honor and respect as well are of paramount importance to that community, as well as a general lack of faith in the quality of the American justice system. Alfieri states "Justice is very important here" which demonstrates

  • Understanding Arthur Miller's Play "A View From The Bridge"

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    niece back, and so the scheme fails, and the play ends when Marco murders Eddie in a mere act of self-defence. Miller uses the character of Alfieri to increase dramatic tension throughout the play, doing so by introducing the idea of inevitability in the play. He establishes the character as a chorus, a component of early Greek theatre and tragedies. Alfieri basically expresses to the audience what the main character, Eddie Carbone, could not say, such as his fears or secrets. By knowing what will

  • An Atmosphere of Tension in Act One of Miller's A View From the Bridge

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    Eddie goes to see Alfieri for some advice Miller increases the tension by highlighting and showing the audience how much hatred Eddie has for Rodolpho and how his anger and frustration could escalate. As Eddie first enters Alfieri's office, Mr Alfieri describes how "his eyes were like tunnels, my first thought was that he had committed a crime". The word "tunnels" implies that Eddie is in darkness and can only see straight ahead of him rather than see a larger view as Alfieri has. This shows