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Examine the Manliness, Hostility and Aggression in 'A View from the Bridge'. How are these ideas connected?

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Examine the Manliness, Hostility and Aggression in 'A View from the Bridge'. How are these ideas connected? In 'A view from the bridge', manliness, hostility and aggression is very important because this is what the whole story line revolves around. Eddie, the protagonist, has a very particular view of what it means to be a man and when other men don't conform to what Eddie defines as manly it leads to conflict, this is evident with Rodolpho. Conflict also results when Eddie feels threatened by men that demonstrate conventionally 'masculine' characteristics, namely Marco. Hostility, aggression and masculinity are the main themes which influence the mood of the play and the way they are associated with each other allow an increase in tension in the minds of the reader. During the play Eddie displays conflict where a man isn't being masculine enough and also when a man shows too strong masculine characteristics. ...read more.

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Rodolpho doesn't conform to what Eddie idea of masculinity is. Eddie says things about Rodolpho to the other longshore men to show their distrust of him, an example of this is, 'the guy ain't right' and 'the guy is no good'. Other examples of this is when Mike says to the other longshore men 'You take one look at him - everybody's happy. (Louis Laughs.)'. Another instance of this is when Eddie says 'Knocked off for Christmas early. Rodolpho makin' you a dress?'. At the beginning of act 2 Eddie kisses Catherine, 'He suddenly, draws her to him, and as she strives to free herself he kisses her on the mouth.' This causes dramatic tension between Rodolpho and Eddie, 'Don't! (he pulls on Eddie's arm.) Stop that! Have respect for her!' this quote shows the Rudolph's jealousy of Eddie. In the play Marco conforms to what Eddie believes to be 'a real man'. ...read more.

Conclusion

From this play you are able to identify what Arthur millers views are about masculinity; in the play he stereotypes Eddie as a typical male in a family. He might have though that a masculine male was important to each family living in a New York slum to help protect and bring income into the poor families. Marco, Eddie and Rodolpho all have different qualities that the audience can admire, Eddie is a conventional masculine male, during the play he protects the ladies and shows respect for them. He also is the man of the house because he brings the income in by working at the docks, as well as him bringing in income by doing this it also shows that he is physically fit and able. The Italian code of honour influences Marco's actions throughout the play, he acts by the books, for example when he killed Eddie to do honour for his family when Eddie informed the authorities of his illegal presence. ?? ?? ?? ?? James Lugger ...read more.

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