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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 be writing about a play by Arthur Miller called 'A View from the Bridge'. I will be exploring the ideas of manliness, hostility and aggression and how these ideas are connected. Eddie, the play's main protagonist has a stereotypical view of what a man's physical appearance should be like and the way in which a man should behave. When other characters do not conform to his idea of a man's specific characteristics, it leads to conflict, especially with Rodolfo, Catherine and subsequently the other characters. Eddie is fundamentally a simple, straightforward man who is seen to be kind, humorous and generous in anticipating the illegal arrival of Beatrice's cousins Marco and Rodolfo. From the start of the play, we see that Eddie is respected in the Red Hook community. By telling Eddie '... you got a lotta credit comin' to you...' Louis highlights Eddie's respect in the community. Eddie's views about the qualities of a man are quite cynical. He feels that a man should be strong and that he should go to work and earn money for his family. Eddie's views and behaviour causes conflict on a small scale. ...read more.


He starts to show hostility towards Rodolfo and instead of giving Catherine away he makes accusations about Rodolfo saying that he is a homosexual. Eddie is emotionally immature. The ideas of manliness, hostility and aggression are linked because as Eddie becomes less masculine, he becomes more aggressive and hostile towards everyone else causing him to lose respect. The two women in the play are Beatrice (Eddie's wife) and Catherine (Eddie's niece). At the beginning of the play these two female characters rely on Eddie and follow his rules and what he says. However, towards the end of the play they become liberated females by turning their backs on Eddie because of the 'crime' he commits. By doing this, Beatrice and Catherine are affecting their relationship with Eddie by separating away from him. Beatrice and Catherine do not show individuality until later on in the play. Beatrice realises what is going on with Eddie, and Catherine becomes more independent and rebellious after the arrival of Rodolfo. Eddie and Beatrice do not have a 50/50 relationship as Eddie is in charge of the relationship and he is the one who makes all the decisions. Beatrice hardly gets a say. Eddie is at fault for the uneven relationship because he doesn't love Beatrice the way he should which is like a wife. ...read more.


They are made to do the rubbish jobs that no one wants to do and they do it because they have no other option. They are exploited by employers as they get paid less for doing a certain job compared to how much a British citizen would get. Their health and safety is not taken into consideration. Immigrants have to pay high prices for housing which isn't worth the amount they are paying for it. To conclude, the play is an eye-opener for those people who don't treat immigrants fairly. Eddie Carbone crossed the line in the Italian justice but in the eyes of the American law, what he did was a good thing. Shakespeare once said 'All the world's a stage'. People act in the way that they want others to see them and not like themselves. They are too concerned about what everyone else thinks. People today have to think carefully before they say anything because they might offend someone whether it is about their race, gender, sexuality etc. Eddie acted like himself and did what he thought was the right thing to do. He allowed us to know him, the real him. That is why Alfieri says at the end of the play that he 'will love him more than all his sensible clients'. Alfieri also says to 'settle for half'. This means that people shouldn't go for things that are out of their reach and that they should be happy with what they have. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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