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Dicsuss the themes of masculinity and Hostillity in a View from a bridge. How does Miller present these themes?

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Discuss the Significance of the Themes of Masculinity and Hostility in a View from the Bridge. How does Miller present these themes. Masculinity is one of the prevalent themes in A View From a Bridge . The four main male roles in the play: Eddie, Rodolpho, Marco and Alfieri each convey a separate sense of masculinity. It appears that the men's different ideas about masculinity lead to hostility between them and to the inevitable ending. The main character Eddie Carbone, is of a low social class and not well educated. His views of masculinity are very strict and particular. He believes that men should be strong, they should be the breadwinner in the household and someone who cares for their family. He also feels that men should protect their family, tell them when they are doing wrong, and guide them back on to the right path. He says to Cathrine "I'm responsible for you." ...read more.


Eddie is trying to make out that Rodolpho is a homosexual. To show his superior masculinity Eddie teaches Rodolpho some basic, soft boxing; however this quickly turns into a situation of great tension and aggression. All of a sudden after doing some seemingly harmless boxing the stage directions say: "He faints with his left hand and lands with his right. It mildly staggers Rodolpho. Marco rises". This action shows a growing sense of hostility as the play progresses. The growing sense of Eddie's hostility towards Rodolpho climaxes in one of the main moments of dramatic tension in the play; when Eddie suddenly kisses Rodolpho. The stage directions say: "Eddie pins his arms, laughing, and suddenly kisses him". What Eddie has done seems to be a test of whether Rodolpho is a homosexual, or not. If he was, then Eddie would be expecting a look of indifference on Rodolpho's face, and maybe even a kiss back. ...read more.


Beatrice and Catherine could also have lessened the amount of hostility and aggression by persuading Eddie not to go ahead with such things as the boxing and the climatic fight to the death at the end of the play. In all, everyone had a role to play in the hostility and aggression in 'A View From The Bridge'. As Beatrice rightly said: "Whatever happened we all done it, and don't you ever forget it, Catherine". In conclusion, Arthur Miller's words and stage directions work together to enhance the dramatic affect of the play and in particular the themes of masculinity, hostility and aggression. Every character in 'A View From The Bridge' has contributed their own part to make the manliness, hostility and aggression such a major focus of the play. Most of the hostility and conflict is caused by Eddie, who has fixed views on manliness and has difficulty expressing his feelings due to his lack of education. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ravi Lakhani 11Y 1 ...read more.

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