The Opening Scene of A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller

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The Opening Scene of A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller 'A View from the Bridge' is a dramatic play about two illegal immigrants, who travel from Italy to the Red Hook slum in New York and stay with their relatives-The Carbones. The play ends tragically with the death of Eddie Carbone and the play shows how the family are split up by jealousy, betrayal and mistrust. It is set during the aftermath of The Great Depression in the 1930s. The play was written in 1955 by the playwright Arthur Miller, who worked as a longshoreman in 1940 in Brooklyn. This play can be classed as a tragedy because the protagonist dies at the end. A tragedy is a play that has many disastrous events included in it and usually ends with the death of the main character-most of the time through a fault of their own. In this play Eddie Carbone is the protagonist and he is killed at the end of the play. Throughout the play many bad things happen, for example Eddie betrays Marco and Rodolpho. This essay will focus on the opening scene of the play from the beginning and up to the point just before the arrival of the illegal immigrants. The opening scene prepares the audience for the tragedy of the play by using four key elements. These are tension, the development of the relationships between the main characters, the Vinny Bolzano story, which forewarns the audience about coming event and the development of the characters-in particular Miller's spokesperson Alfieri. Miller has cleverly used Alfieri as both a main character and the narrator in the play. The audience listen to Alfieri for many reasons. They respect his opinion because he is a lawyer-which means that he is clever and wise- and they can relate to him as they have the same position as he does in the play which is, 'A View from the Bridge'. At the beginning of the play Alfieri seems to have control over the play-being the narrator, but later on he says:
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