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A view from the bridge

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Introduction

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Eddie, the plays protagonist has a very particular view of what it means to be a man. He only picks out the looks and qualities of a person, not his personality. He shows this many times and many ways in the first part of the play. Eddie is in conflict with every other major character. The conflict normally arises from Eddie's "manly" behaviour, like demanding respect and ordering people around. The reason why Eddie is in conflict with Rodalpho is because he does not have the qualities and the looks of a man, for example "he sings", "he's blond", he looks like "a paper doll", and "he cooks too". The reason why Eddie is in conflict with Marco is because Marco fits into Eddies image of a man, in such a way to make Eddie feel threatened. Conflict also occurs because the Eddie is uneducated and because he is uneducated, it means that he cannot express his emotions through words. An example of this is when Eddie asks Rodalpho for a boxing match. Eddie is jealous of Rodalpho because he thinks that he will take Catherine away from him, he cannot tell Rodalpho what he feels about him with Catherine so he just tries to threaten him by showing his feelings towards him through his actions. The play "a view form the bridge" portrays Eddie as a hostile character, particularly in his contact with Rodalpho. ...read more.

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He is blond, small built with a slim figure. Secondly, Rodalpho does not have any of the qualities that Eddie reckons a man should have. He is not very strong, nor strong looking, he does not keep his feelings to himself, he is not that hardworking, and certainly does not think about others. For example Eddie got really frustrated, for waiting for Rodalpho to ask him if he could get married to Catherine. This shows that Rodalpho did not care about Eddie's opinion of their marriage. Rodalpho actually has all the women's looks and qualities. Rodalpho sings, dances, and is a good cook. Rodalpho has light hair and a slim figure, just like a woman. All of this is mentioned in the play and Eddie and his friends, about his looks and qualities, mock Rodalpho. They call him a "canary" and a "paper doll". This all leads up to dramatic tension, for example eddies kiss at the beginning of act two. Marco is a conventionally masculine guy because he is a "square-built peasant of thirty-two, suspicious, tender, and quiet-voiced". Marco is supposed to be a tall, strong man, who also keeps himself to himself. Marco, also, was thinking about his family the whole time he was in America, in fact the only reason why he came to America was, to make some money and to send it home to his family. ...read more.

Conclusion

Arthur Millers view about hostility and aggression is that it does not solve anything. Often the "real man" is the one who will try to discuss issues and compromise. Whereas Eddie's view of masculinity relies on hostility and aggression, mainly for power and status, and this is where the link is between "manliness", "hostility", and "aggression". So there is a big difference between the author's views and the plays protagonist's views of hostility and aggression. After reading this essay, Eddie, Marco, and Rodalpho do not sound like they do not have many good qualities, but they all do. Eddie is protective, this is a good thing but sometimes he does become over-protective. Eddie is also a loving man. He had taken Catherine and looked after her, almost all her life, just after her mother's death. Marco had only come to America so he could make some money to send back to his dieing family in Italy. Rodalpho is a great guy. Showing your emotions and feelings may sound like what a woman might do but even Arthur Miller said that the real man would discuss his issues and compromise. If you read through the text you don't hear much about Rodalpho being hardworking, but right in the beginning we were told that Rodalpho's job in Italy was to push taxis up hills, and they were paid very poorly. So we know that everyone had a good side to them in the play and we heard most of these good qualities at the beginning. HAMMAD NAVEED 10B ...read more.

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