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Analyse the concept of manliness and the way it is represented in Miller's, 'A View From the Bridge'.

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Analyse the concept of manliness and the way it is represented in Miller's, 'A View From the Bridge'. There are many themes contained inside the theatrical drama of 'A View From The Bridge'. There are also some ideas that add to the drama of the play, keeping the audience in suspense. The ideas of manliness, hostility and aggression are connected in this play as they all relate to the main character, Eddie Carbone. These three ideas often cause conflicts throughout the play; they are the cause of many of the disastrous happenings and the unfolding tragedy. Manliness suggests being tough, physical and the protector of the family. This then leads onto being hostile, which in itself progresses onto an aggressive act causing conflict and distance between different characters. A View From The Bridge is a play written by Arthur Miller, and each of these themes are explored in different ways. These themes are often expressed throughout the characters actions, speech and play a major role in the development of the play as each character interlinks with these themes and progress on. Eddie, the main character of the play, is a simple person who is a victim of many states of affairs: but he also contributes to his own downfall because of the beliefs he has about the role of man. ...read more.

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This implies that Eddie is already hesitant towards Rodolfo and towards the end of the scene, Eddie has his 'face puffed up with trouble' as Catherine is pouring Rodolfo some tea. Eddie is not pleased at how Catherine is treating Rodolfo as it used to be that Eddie would be the one who she would pour tea for but since the arrival of Rodolfo, she has seemed to forget about him. Eddie does not seem to think that he is the man of the household anymore as the attention is not upon him. He feels he is not the dominant character anymore and this later builds up hostility between Eddie and the immigrants. Marco tends to demonstrate conventionally masculine characteristics, which may make Eddie feel inferior towards Marco, or less of a man; he may feel threatened. In this scene we see that Marco has a protective attitude towards his brother and will not allow him to be bullied. Similarly, Eddie shows this same sort of protection towards Catherine. Eddie is a very forceful character; he has a somewhat demanding personality that is apparent in his relationship with his wife. He expects her to always agree with him, and he becomes increasingly angry when she fails to share his opinions. ...read more.

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In this area, Eddie is somebody, he was known and he is respected and honoured by all but now he had lost all this and he had no identity. Faced with the wrath of his community, Eddie is desperate to reclaim his name. We see that Eddie shows open hostility towards Rodolpho when he makes a joke about women in Italy having affairs with other men while their husbands are working in America. Both Marco and Rodolpho make clear that this does not happen very often. "Very few surprises" says Marco and Rodolpho adds, 'It's more strict in our town' and this gives Eddie an opportunity to start criticising Rodolpho by taking Catherine out without his permission. He points out that there are also strict rules in the Italian community in New York and that 'it ain't so free here either'. These many acts of manliness and the hostile behaviour from some characters towards others lead to aggression, which at the end, tend to increase as we find out from the result at the end of the play. The hostile behaviour used throughout he play lead to death and destruction of a happy family. Eddie was not afraid of showing the two immigrants exactly how he felt about them and this finally lead to the defeat of him losing his social identity and of his death in the end. Priya Kaur Panesar * English Essay * 'A View From the Bridge' - 1 - ...read more.

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