A little bit of practice for my upcoming exam…
‘A View From the Bridge’ is written by Arthur Miller in 1955, set in the Big Apple. This specific extract is in act two of the play. Eddie is asking for advice from Alfieri, the lawyer, because his niece has found an Italian immigrant who Eddie believes isn’t good enough for her, though there is some history and feelings behind his opinion. This extract gives the story two clear directions to go. Either Eddie can follow Alfieri’s advice, which is to leave her alone, or, go tell her his feelings, and get angry.
Alfieri is a character with a lawyer’s perspective, therefore a trusted perspective that helps us understand that a perspective should show justice.
Alfieri is a lawyer, and knows the law.
“Will you do that? Because there is no law, Eddie”
This supports my thesis because it shows that Alfieri knows the law, and is a lawyer, because he is a lawyer, he needs to be fair and therefore shows elements of justice.
Alfieri has a broad perspective and knows all the characters and their feelings.
“who would watch the action, comment on it, and address the audience directly”
This supports my thesis because it shows that Alfieri has a broad perspective and knows the characters, because he watches the action of the characters and explains or adds comment for the audience to understand things further.
Miller purposely made Alfieri have a correct and fair perspective because Miller valued Justice
“Miller has said that he wanted to make this play a modern equivalent of classical Greek tragedy. In the ancient plays, an essential part was that of the chorus”
Miller could place his perspective in the mind of the character Alfieri by making him the chorus. He could then get his message of justice over through Alfieri.
The Thesis displays a trail of thought that Miller might have thought while creating the character Alfieri. He could perform a play while while expressing his perspective of a “correct” perspective.