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A View from the Bridge - Examine the ideas of manliness, hostility and aggression in 'A View from the Bridge'. How are these ideas connected?

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A View from the Bridge Examine the ideas of manliness, hostility and aggression in 'A View from the Bridge'. How are these ideas connected? In this essay I will examine how the ideas of manliness, hostility and aggression are connected to each other in 'A View from the Bridge'. The play, itself, is set on red Hook, slum area of Brooklyn in New York during the 1950s. It focuses around the immigration of Italian people and the reality of the American dream. The area of Red hook is also famous for producing the infamous gangster Al Capone. Manliness, hostility and aggression play an important role in the play, 'A View from the Bridge'. Each character has a different view on what it means to be manly and what manliness is. Eddie, the main character around which the play revolves, has a very specific view on what manliness exactly is. When other characters views clash with his own ideas, he reacts, violently in most cases. Another character, Marco demonstrates masculine characteristics and makes Eddie feel threatened, these connect the ideas of manliness, hostility and aggression. We see many sides of Eddie's character throughout the play. ...read more.

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...each waiting for the other's mood." Marco, who is the elder of the two illegally immigrated cousins, does live up to Eddie's views of masculinity. He is everything that Eddie believes a man should be. The reason he immigrated into the country was to provide for is hungry family back in his home in Sicily. He wants his family to have food on the table just like Eddie does. Marco came to the country because he thought that if he worked and earned money he could send it back home to his wife and kids: " If I stay there they will never grow up." Eddie takes a liking to Marco straight away. We can see that he respects him because of what he is hoping to do for his family, he seems very interested in Marco and asks a lot of questions, " So what're you wanna do, you gonna stay here in this country or you wanna go back? " And " Well, you're married, ain't you?" It then becomes clear that Eddie is losing, or he thinks he is losing, his role of the 'man' in the household. Eddie has always believed that he is the dominant person in the family but now that he has met Marco he feels threatened. ...read more.

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Marco seems to be able to speak English better than his brother. His sentences are usually serious and quite intense: " Too loud. The guests in that hotel are all Englishmen. They don't like too loud. " Although we read the drama "A view from the bridge" it was initially intended to be performed on the stage this would have made the play more dramatic because the audience would feel like they are a part of it. The setting would cause problems because it is constantly changing so the stage set-up would have to be skilfully done so as little time was wasted as possible changing the set. If we were to act a small part of the play in groups it would probably help us to understand why Arthur Miller had so many stage directions in the script. It is because every little detail needed to be shown to reveal the authenticity of the play and to give it a feeling of what it was actually like to be there. As there are so many stage directions, it would be difficult to keep up with all the different stage directions. The play is a tragedy. Miller was heavily influenced by this tradition of playwriting from Greek tragedy to the Norwegian Henrik Ibsen. His plays also make important social and political comments reflecting Miller's belief in Communism. ...read more.

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