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Explore and analyse the ways in which miller presents ideas of manliness, hostility and aggression in A view from the Bridge

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Explore and analyse the ways in which miller presents ideas of manliness, hostility and aggression in 'A view from the Bridge' This play examines the ideas of manliness, hostility and aggression. These are all main dramatic devices that connect together in 'A view from the Bridge.' This play contains many references to manliness, hostility and aggression. Often, these devices link together. The key cause of these feelings is Eddie Carbone, a man keen on the idea of 'manliness' and who in some ways, feels deprived of love. The play is based in the 1940's in Brooklyn, America. The play is set in a slum area near Brooklyn Bridge. The play mainly focuses on the Carbone family and how they come across and develop manliness, hostility and aggression throughout the play. Eddie as the protagonist expresses this by certain views about being a man. The play gives the audience an understanding of what Eddie thinks 'manliness' is. For example Eddie's idea of manliness is to earn money, be a family man, have respect, have trust, be physically strong, and provide for his family. Knowing this it suggests that he likes to be seen as the man of the house and also for his family to know that he is the 'Breadwinner.' Manliness, hostility and aggression are a big part of existence in this play 'A view from the Bridge.' Arthur miller the writer creates this by expressing these through each character, by turning certain characters against each other and causing tension to build up throughout the play. Manliness, hostility and aggression play an important role in the play. Each character has a different view on what it means to be manly and what 'manliness' is. The context and background of this play was based in a society that used to be inhabited by a gangster called 'Al Capone.' This caused the effect of how they were back then. ...read more.

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Rodolpho's idea of 'manliness' is to provide for Catherine and support her through everything. He'd hate to see her suffering for him. "How can I bring you from a rich country to suffer in a poor country?" (Page 60) This implies that Rodolpho is worried for Catherine's welfare if they lived in Italy. We can tell that he really wants to provide for her but feels he won't be able to because of the lack of jobs that are offered in Italy. So he'd rather work hard in America to earn money so that he could support and provide for Catherine. "We work hard, we'll work all day all night___" (Page 29) Rodolpho and his brother will do anything to get some money as they are desperate to provide their family back in Italy. They would rather work all night than do nothing at all for their family. This proves that they are very loyal to their families and when trouble strikes they always find a way through it. Rodolpho's and Eddie's 'manliness' are very different. Between Eddie and Rodolpho, Rodolpho's 'manliness does not measure up to Eddie's standard as he' all about being relaxed and calm, whereas Eddie is mainly about being powerful and being able to fight. They are two very different characters which are shown and articulated in loads of different ways, but mainly through their 'manliness.' Marcos character is very powerful and he really shows his masculinity but you can see the clear difference between himself, Eddie and Rodolpho. Marco is a conventional man who thinks traditionally about how to support his wife and kids. Marco is seen as the strongest of the two brothers as he likes to defend his family if any sort of remark is made. For example when Eddie comments about how his wife will be unfaithful during his time away. "I mean, you know-they count the kids and there's a couple extra than when they left?" ...read more.

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Eddie has shown that he is quite a controlling man and also that he has a caring side to him but it is expressed through his anger by him being very manipulative towards his wife Beatrice and nice Catherine. I think that Eddie sees the ladies as being Stay at home wives that do the traditional lady things such as cooking and cleaning. The men and women do not share responsibility and the women are treated unfairly and sometimes come across as victims in the play. Miller presents manliness, hostility and aggression through the acting and situations the characters are in. Miller also presented key themes through manliness, hostility and aggression throughout the play. Firstly he used dramatic irony to give the audience an insight into how the story is going to end, which creates frustration and tension. Arthur Miller has purposely used the Key themes from when Marco and Rodolpho arrive to create hostility and aggression. He purposely done this so that the tension this created could be broken between the characters. Arthur miller has created a dramatic atmosphere by building up the hostility and aggression, which results into the tension building and then slowly disappearing as we get further into the play. I think this play was really good. I found that it had a very interesting story behind all the hostility and aggression. I could see that there were many stories that were told within the play, which were all twisted up and told as one whole story. I think that 'manliness' was told in many different ways from the views of each character. To me the play as a whole all related back to one person in particular, Eddie Carbone. I thought that every theme that was told within the play always related back to him and practically all the hostility and aggression was created by Eddie and was given off like a force to other characters to create the tension. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sarabjeet Kaur Miss Titman 'A view from the Bridge' ...read more.

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