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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 suspenseful. 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 therefore they are extremely symbolic in the play. 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. Eddie, the main character of the play, is a simple person who is a victim of circumstances but he also contributes to his own downfall because of the beliefs he has about the role of man. When others do not conform to his ideas it often leads to conflict. Coming from a Sicilian background, he sees himself in the traditional role of the male breadwinner, the head of the household and is used to getting his own way. He believes that being the man of the house means he should have authority compared to the other characters in the play. ...read more.


Nothin," and her annoyance is evident when she asks, "What do you want from me? They've moved out; what do you want now?" Beatrice's open annoyance at her husband is too much for Eddie to take. He sees himself as the man of the house, the person in charge, and he reprimands her: "I don't like it! The way you talk to me and the way you look at me." He expects to get his own way and his wife to obey him. We learn more about the relationship that existed in the past between Eddie and Catherine. Beatrice's remark, "You kept her a baby, you wouldn't let her go out," tells us how possessive Eddie has always been about Catherine. Beatrice had tried to get her husband to adopt a more relaxed attitude towards Catherine, "I told you a hundred times," but Eddie has always seen himself as the man in charge of his family and he was able to get his way. Now, as his wife points out, it was too late; his need for being the one always in charge has just lead to matters to get worse. When Eddie refers to sex by telling Beatrice there will be no further discussion of their love life, or rather the lack of love in their life, Beatrice accepts what he says and simply agrees with, "Okay." ...read more.


In this area, Eddie was somebody, he was known and he was 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 so that he can be an existing person, who creates the attention and is superior to other characters once again. 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 escalate as we find out from the happenings 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. - 1 - ...read more.

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