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A View From the Bridge Pavan Nandra `He's like a weird'. This opinion of Rodolfo expressed by Eddie encapsulates the main theme of the 20^th century play, `A View From the Bridge', by Arthur Miller. Rodolfo is subject to Eddie's hostile feelings towards him, emotions like abhorrence, resentment, jealousy and aggression. Eddie's belief in manliness and masochistic behaviour is one explanation why he detests Rodolfo with such vehemence. To Eddie Carbone, Rodolfo is the exact opposite of his ideals. He has effeminate attributes; he can sing, dance, and make dresses. These all seem to anger Eddie but ridiculously, it seems that Rodolfo's blond hair seems to irritate Eddie especially; he seems to think that it proves that Rodolfo `ain't right', and is therefore a homosexual. All these characteristics that Rodolfo possesses are alien to Eddie, who has been brought up uneducated. He believes in the idea that men should be strong, masculine, and the `bread-winners' of a household. Although Rodolfo does not conform to this description, his older brother, Marco, does. In the very last scene of Act 1, Marco exposes his superior strength by questioning Eddie; `Can you lift this chair?' Eddie can't; `Gee, that's hard'. Marco then lifts the chair above his head with `a smile of triumph'. This instils wariness into Eddie, making him feel uncomfortable in realising that he is no longer the most powerful man in the house. If he aggravates Rodolfo, Marco, as his older brother, will defend him with whatever means he can. ...read more.


So, even though many would not want to live in Red Hook, and work as a longshoreman, the opportunity to enter America illegally is taken by Beatrice's cousins gladly, as it was by many Italians in that day and age. As an Italian Catholic family during the 1940's, they would have been expected, as the men of the house, to earn the money and feed the mouths in the house at almost any cost; not doing this would cost lives. Their worries were not of what clothes to buy, but of whether they had enough money to put clothes on their backs at all. There was no security ensuring them food, medicine to save their dying children or even a guarantee of a roof over their heads. Their security lay within the realms of the family. Both Rodolfo and Marco are well aware of this, but as time progresses, Rodolfo seems to lose sight of that goal and aims towards another; having Catherine as his wife and buying beautiful and entertaining things. The set of the play is simple and remains throughout; allowing the spectator to see all angles and places during the play. This ensures that the spectator is not distracted and is able to concentrate on the plot without being preoccupied. There are not many props used other than the basic set, but many are significant; for example, the newspaper being crumpled up used to express Eddie's anger (just before the incident when he kisses Catherine and Rodolfo), and the three bottles of whiskey when he returns from work on Christmas Eve. ...read more.


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