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Arthur Miller wrote A View from the Bridge in 1955 The structure of this play is relatively uncomplicated It is set in the late 1940s amidst the Sicilian community in Brooklyn New York It is said to be a modern version of a Greek tragedy with its powerful speeches and references to fate A lawyer Alfieri re-tells his account as he oversees the events that take place The play is in two acts but careful incisions by Alfieri help the audience to reflect on the events that have just happened The title of the play is based on the Brooklyn Bridge and Alfieri having a view from on top of it Since this play is supposed to be a modern version of a Greek tragedy tragic events take place throughout the play The concept of impending doom is something that is threatening to happen and throughout this essay I will go into depth about how Arthur Miller created this atmosphere through his written language and stage directions This thrilling and tragic drama is about incestuous love jealousy and betrayal Alfieri is a lawyer who works for the Sicilian community in Brooklyn He opens the play with a very exposing account of what life used to be like and is like in that particular community The audience knows from that speech everything about Alfieri and about the community in Red Hook He launches into graphic detail about past bandits and murders and about how justice is very important to the Italians The community is the gullet of New York which is swallowing the tonnage of the world This sentence is quite ironic since Red Hook is a fishing town and tonnage is another word for cargo Alfieri speaks as though Red Hook has swallowed up all the complications of the world and is now reduced to a slum This creates a vivid mental picture and therefore invents the ideal environment for tragic goings on Alfieri
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