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 audience without actually participating. He opens the play with a very revealing account of how life used to be and how life is presently in America in the Italian community. He goes into graphic detail about the past murders: “… and Frankie
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When someone goes against the law to assert justice, it can lead to conflict. Moreover Alfieri is the symbolic bridge between American law and Italian law. He presents his perspectives from his position on the bridge between Italian and American cultures. This is also a metaphor as Alfieri represents the difficult stretch , embodied in the Brooklyn Bridge from small ethnic community to the intellectualism and wealth of America itself. Alfieri portrays the characters objectively, in addition he positions himself as a teller of an epic tale: “… the flat air in my office suddenly washes in with the green scent of the sea, the dust in this air is blown away and the thought comes that in some Caesar’s years, in Calabria perhaps or on the cliff at Syracuse, another lawyer, quite differently dressed, heard the same complaint and sat there as powerless as I, and watched it run its bloody course” (Act I pg 4). Alfieri adds grandeur to the story and transforms the story into a massive tragedy. Alfieri presents an unbiased view of the events happening in the play and makes clear the moral and social implications in the work. He also informs the audience and provides commentary on what is happening in the story and most importantly he reveals honest facts in the play. Alfieri’s role as a narrator is crucially important; this is because he sets the scene and the environment. He is a much occupied narrator as he helps the audience to understand the
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