Alfieri’s leisurely dialogue is educated, controlled and thoughtful. Eddie’s speech is limited but there is a raw power in the aggressive way he speaks.
LANGUAGE AND STRUCTURE
A View from the Bridge
There are a number of instances where the dialogue shows lack of communication between the characters. The best examples occur when Alfieri is speaking to Eddie.
Often the power of Miller’s dialogue is in its economy. For example, at the end of Act I the dialogue in the ‘chair’ incident changes the atmosphere instantly. Few words are spoken.
Eddie’s speech is seldom far away from hostility. In the final section of the play, both he and Marco build confrontation on confrontation.
The play has an uncomplicated shape. Within the two acts there are a number of easily recognised divisions which are controlled by Alfieri.