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Manliness, Hostility and Aggression, plays a huge role within the drama as this is a summed up explanation of how Eddie was and the emotions he brought to the drama.

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Introduction

A view from the bridge By Arthur Miller 'A view from the bridge' is a drama based in the year 1955, and written by a man named Arthur Miller, this play is all about the lifestyle of a Italian family living in Brooklyn, and how the man of the house should be respected. The play is opened and closed by the character 'Alferi' who is the family lawyer by also the narrator within the play. He is the one that holds 'Eddie' together and allows him to see both sides to the problems that rise in the household; 'Eddie' is telling 'Alferi' that he only wants the best for his family. This all gets questioned throughout the play as he is being judged for his actions that represent 'Manliness', 'Hostility' and 'Aggression'. The play is called 'A view from the bridge' because it defines the fact that the Brooklyn Bridge is a link between American and Italian cultures and the opportunities they have during their time in poverty. ...read more.

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This caused the effect of how they were back then. For example they lived in slums, which was "entirely unromantic" (page 12). It wasn't a place where people thought to be romantic place. People also used to say if you "meet a lawyer or a priest on the street is unlucky" (page 12) obviously meeting a lawyer or a priest creates a bad vibe around people as they were seen as representing disaster. Manliness is evidently seemed to be a very big part of 'Eddie', especially when it involves his pride or ego. Throughout the play he clearly mentions everything he sees to be manly and this creates the affect of a dramatic device, by 'Eddie' becoming aggressive over what the other characters ideas of 'manliness' are in the play. Many things are causing 'Eddie' to become 'aggressive', such as he feels threatened of the other male characters 'Manliness' in the play, but the main thing and the most obvious one is the relationship between 'Catherine' and 'Rodolpho'. ...read more.

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saint and they understand each other a lot more both being family men and work to support only that "My wife-she feeds then from her own mouth" (Page 29). This quote is showing the audience just how much him and his wife fend for the family and want to stay positive. 'Marco' can't take any more and slowly snaps at 'Eddie' towards the end of the drama when he sees him for what he really is and the snitch he can be. This is all because 'Eddie' doesn't want 'Catherine' to marry 'Marco's' brother so he ends up calling the 'Immigration Officers', to come and collect the two and deport them back to Italy, but it doesn't all go to plan as 'Eddie's' respect is lost at the same time and he then feels violated by the accusations thrown at him by 'Marco'. 'Eddie's' neighbours start to question his 'Manliness' and his cultural way of life and if he has any respect for the Italian routes he has been taught, for example 'Code of honour', 'Don't grass anyone up'. This is something 'Eddie didn't follow. Aishah Shakoor ...read more.

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