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Examine the ideas of manliness, hostility and aggression in the play, 'A View From the Bridge'. How are these ideas connected?

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Examine the ideas of manliness, hostility and aggression in the play, 'A View From the Bridge'. How are these ideas connected? Today hostility is viewed upon as wrong, when "A View From the Bridge" was written, hostility made up part of the day-to-day running of people in this era. Today women are treated as equals and any discrimination is taken incredibly seriously, in the time the play written, women had very few rights and were constantly stereotyped and abused. Manliness, hostility and aggression play an important role in the play, 'A View From the Bridge'. Each character has a different view on what it means to be manly and what manliness is. Eddie, the main character around which the play revolves, has a very specific view of what manliness exactly is. When other character's views clash with his own ideals, he reacts, violently in most cases. Another character, Marco, demonstrates masculine characteristics and makes Eddie feel threatened, these connect the ideas of manliness, hostility and aggression. ...read more.

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and Authority, 'Just get outta here and don't lay a finger on her unless you wanna go out feet first.' He also thinks protection is manly, 'This guy ain't right Beatrice.' However his avoidance of his personal feelings also fall into Eddies version of masculinity, 'I don't know, B. I don't want talk about it.' He considers the things like singing to be effeminate. After Rodolpho sings Paper Doll, Eddie tells him 'Because we never had no singers here' this could be viewed in different ways. It could be either seen as he is simply trying to stop them getting noticed or that he doesn't like him singing, however later in the stage directions it says: 'Eddie is downstage, watching as she pours a spoonful of sugar into his cup, his faced puffed with trouble, and the room dies.' He also thinks that Rodolpho is effeminate in the way that he acts. ...read more.

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They are also victims of male aggression and hostility, Beatrice also believes that the female characters are also responsible for the tragedy that befalls the male characters, "Whatever happened we all done it, and don't you forget it, Catherine." Women in this era, were forced into these roles, they had few rights and were treated poorly. I believe that the play is well written and it was a success. The author had spent a number of years in these conditions and knew what it felt like for these people. The characters in the play were well formed and each person was totally independent from the others. However at the end of the play, just before Marco stabs Eddie, there is little suspension, leaving much to be desired for the ending. The play does also relate to many of today's issues. People are still quite homophobic (however homosexuals are becoming more and more integrated into today's society) and due to large amounts of immigrants coming into the country people of Britain are becoming more xenophobic towards those societies. Much in the same way as the era Eddie lived in. ...read more.

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