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A View From The Bridge: Alfieri

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Sophie Butchart

on 28 September 2012

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Transcript of A View From The Bridge: Alfieri

Character Study: Alfieri A View From The Bridge His speech at the beginning of the play highlights the themes of the play.
His two meetings with Eddie shows that he is a more rational character.
His telling Marco that he should not kill Eddie.
The epilogue relates back to the beginning speech. What Are His Key Moments In The Play? He prefers to 'settle for half'.
He has a 'civilised' and 'American' view.
He is caught between the idea of American law, which he represents, and the 'justice' of the italian community which he is a part of.
He is a more rational and sensible character than the others in the play. What Are His Values? What Are His Relationships? A lawyer in his fifties going grey.
His personality is good-humoured and thoughtful. Who Is Alfieri? Alfieri is the symbolic bridge between law and justice.
The play is told from Alfieri's view: the view from the bridge.
Alfieri represents Arthur Miller's viewpoint and ideas in the play.
He emphasises Eddie's actions as the irrational human animal. How Does He Demonstrate The Play's Themes? How do others see Alfieri? The italian community are 'uneasy' around him.
He is seen as a higher figure, 'a smart man', but is also connected with disaster.
Alfieri 'balances out' the italian's view of justice and American law.
The audience trust him to give a rational opinion on the play's events. He acts as Miller's viewpoint on the play.
He is powerless to stop events and at first is fairly detached from them. How Does He See Himself? He feels conflicted between the law he represents and the justice of the community he came from.
He is very insightful and conflicts with Eddie over his relationship with Catherine and over the law not being able to stop Rodolfo marrying her. And His Conflicts? Alfieri is the narrator, or the 'Greek chorus' in the play. He comments on the main themes and provides insight into the play that the other characters cannot provide.
He acts as both a chorus and as a character in the play.
He is the 'bridge' between law and justice and highlights the differences between the italian community and its values, and the values of American law.
He purposely breaks the fourth wall and talks to the audience at various points in the play: the prologue, interludes, and epilogue. What Is His Purpose In The Play? Thank You For Watching He helped Eddie's father some years beforehand.
He is aquainted in a 'casual' way.
He is caught between law and justice. His speech is much more formal than other characters.
He represents Miller's points of view. What does Alfieri's language in the play show about him?
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