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A View From The Bridge - Manliness, hostility and aggression in the play.

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A View From The Bridge - Manliness, hostility and aggression in the play Arthur Miller's "A View From The Bridge" is a story about a man called Eddie who because of his jealousy caused by his idea of manliness, through hostility and aggression, led to his unpredictable death. Eddie, the plays protagonist has a very particular view of what it means to be a man. When other characters do not conform to his ideas of manliness it leads to conflict, as is the case with Rodalpho. Conflict also results when a character, namely Marco, does demonstrate conventionally "masculine" characteristics in such a way as to make Eddie feel threatened. The qualities, which Eddie considers to be "manly" causes, conflict with Rodalpho, as he does not have these qualities. The qualities are, to be strong physically, to be strong mentally, should be able to keep his feelings to himself. A man should be hardworking, thinks about others, and to be able to provide for his family. Rodalpho is none of these, in-fact he is the complete opposite, Marco fits in Eddie's description more. Rodalpho is a blond man, who is not strong physically nor mentally, he expresses his feelings, does not think about others, as he does not send any money home, unlike Marco. ...read more.

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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, he is a good cook, and he can also sew. 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 as he is a "square-built peasant of thirty-two, suspicious, tender, and quiet-voiced". He fits into Eddie's idea of what it takes to be a "real" man. 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. These are all the looks and qualities that Eddie implies that a man needs. ...read more.

Conclusion

We do see throughout the play that Beatrice does stay loyal to Eddie and is a good wife; she does not disagree with him at all, and shows love throughout. Even when Eddie was in the wrong about not letting Catherine marry Rodalpho and everyone was against him, Beatrice still stayed beside him. Alfieri even said to Eddie "you won't have a friend in the world, Eddie! Even those who understand will turn against you, even those who feel the same will despise you!" but this is not totally true, as Eddies wife still tried to understand and took no sides and just tried to persuade him to let it be, not force him. So Beatrice says this at the end to stop everyone thinking that Eddie was a very evil man and that he was crazy but to try and make it look as though it was everyone's fault. It may have been other peoples fault, such as Catherine's but the only person who had no part in the tragedy or the build up of it was Beatrice. Catherine may have also been a cause of Eddie's death as she was totally against Eddie and did not try to compromise, she may have been the main focus of the argument because Eddie loves her so much and does not want an ordinary man to marry her but the best, Catherine does not see this. Hammad Naveed 11B A View From The Bridge ...read more.

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