Alfieri begins the play by saying that the people in Red Hook settle for half, but the play is ironically concerned with the one man who refuses to do so: Eddie, a man who wants to be wholly known and live fully.
As Arthur Epstein writes, "one of the elemental ironies of the play is that Alfieri, a symbol of rational thought, a man of legal training, ordered procedure, wisdom, and basic native intelligence, is also powerless to stop the onrushing tide and sweep of the horrible events in the play."
There is pervasive irony in the play regarding Eddie's obsession with Rodolpho's supposed homosexuality, when Eddie himself has a "deviant" love for Catherine and may even possess homosexual leanings himself.
Irony: Eddie's death
It is a tragic irony that Eddie is killed with his own knife.
A View From the Bridge Questions and Answers
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We learn that the job Catherine intends to take is that of a stenographer. We also learn that Beatrice is anxious for Catherine to get a job, that she is proud of her, and that she feels Eddie wants to keep her a baby forever.... he simply doesn't...
There is tension starting to mount with the arrival of the two brothers. Catherine clearly fancies Rodolpho, and he feels the same way. Eddie loathes this union as he sees Catherine starting to slip from his grasp.
The effect of having Alfieri as the narrator enables the author to communicate an objective view of the action. Alfieri has very little effect on the movement of the plot, he's an observer above all else, but he also provides an all around...