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Examine the Idea's of Manliness, Hostility and Aggression in "A View from the Bridge" Focusing particularly on pages 37-42 (the end of act one). What dramatic devices does Miller use to convey these ideas, and how are these ideas connected.

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Examine the Idea's of Manliness, Hostility and Aggression in "A View from the Bridge" Focusing particularly on pages 37-42 (the end of act one). What dramatic devices does Miller use to convey these ideas, and how are these ideas connected. "A View from the Bridge" is set in the 1950's and is written by Arthur Miller. One of the reason for which it has been written is to make people who read it think twice about what "being a man" is all about. Is it about being aggressive or showing your strength or even being good in bed? "A View from a Bridge" contains all of this and more about confused love and Sicilian laws. Eddie Carbone is the main character in this play and he has his own view on what being a man is. ...read more.

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Eddie is possibly trying to imply that Rodolpho is weak and he needs to become stronger to be more of a man. Eddie is a strong man and is not very well educated, so to deal with problems he uses aggression. Miller shows Eddie aggression in the stage direction more than him speaking. When Eddie teaches Rodolpho how to box it seems he is always encouraging Rodolpho by speaking to him "sure, he's great! Come on kid, put sump'm behind it." This show that Eddie is impressed with Rodolpho, but when Eddie punches Rodolpho it raises the question, of whether the nice talking to Rodolpho was just a way of luring him into a false sense of security. This is a major turning point in the play because Marco, who in Eddie's eyes is a real man, and who has not taken any side so far in the play stands up and starts siding with Rodolpho. ...read more.

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Marco picks up the chair high above Eddies head who is kneeling down. This gives the effect that Marco is the master and Eddie is a little follower. It also makes you think that Marco could potentially use it as a weapon on Eddie as an act of revenge for punching Rodolpho. This is at the very end of act one and therefore is of a major turning point in the play. Alfieri is a narrator in this play but he is a talking character and a bridge between Eddie, the law and people he shows hostility towards. Alfieri is more of a classical Italian man than Marco or Rodolpho. This play is more for watching than reading, but Alferie wears a double breasted suit and has well oiled hair. He is shown as a man with a certain taste because he smokes cigarettes and seems a man to be trusted. By Ryan Dodson ...read more.

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