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How are the ideas of Manliness, Hostility and Aggression in 'A View From the Bridge' connected?

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How are the ideas of Manliness, Hostility and Aggression in 'A View From the Bridge' connected? Arthur Miller's 'A View from the Bridge' represents the ideas of manliness and how the perception of certain individuals (Eddie) affects the lives of their fellow friends and family. The play is based around the views of the play's protagonist, Eddie. His analysis of the male personality leads to conflict when other males, in this case Rodolpho, do not conform to his ideas of manliness. 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. Eddie is the play's main character who has very distinct views on what a man should be like. He feels it is necessary for a man to be aggressive and to use violence in order to state his authority and power. This is evident when he asks Catherine "What's the high heels for, Garbo?" Eddie asks this in a very sarcastic manor, however, he is fully aware that he wants things his own way. Eddie also considers bravery and the reputation of the male to be vital in a man's personality. ...read more.

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In the play this can be portrayed when Marco challenges Eddie to a weight-lifting contest involving chairs, "Can you lift this chair?" Marco easily prevails as winner much to Eddie's disgust. This moment of conflict between the two males leads to an increase in hostility between them therefore resulting in a more negative atmosphere whilst both characters are present amongst each other. Female characters play a major role in the play. Beatrice feels that she and Catherine are equally at fault as the male characters. This is because she feels that as a result of her prolonged silence concerning the blatant wrong-doing occurring before her eyes, she refuses to speak and therefore feels that she is also to blame for the hostility present between the other characters.. Both women were well aware of the proceedings taking place. However, neither of them chose to do anything about it which does suggest that it was their fault for not preventing the matters that unfolded. The quote below shows Beatrice trying to convince Catherine that they are also at fault. "Whatever happened we all done it, and don't you ever forget it Catherine." This was Beatrice's opinion. ...read more.

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His lack of education also contributes to the difficulty that arises when he try's to express his feelings so he often has no other choice but to resort to verbal or physical aggression. I believe that each of the males in the play have admirable characteristics about them, Eddie has strong beliefs on pride, Marco is very family orientated and has strong moral values and then Rodolpho his carefree personality shows us how life should be lived. Arthur Miller's views on masculinity are introduced into the character of Alfieri, through this character he reveals how he feels "it is better to settle for half." This means settling for what is available to you having worked out a compromise. With his perception on manliness he includes Eddie, Marco and Rodolpho. These three characters portray Miller's views on masculinity on three different levels, showing that Marco being in between Eddie and Rodolpho is the real man as he enforces violence when need be and also being in touch with his feminine side shown by his family values. Miller has Eddie killed by Marco at the end; this is a metaphor and a sign of the real man winning in his eyes and believes that living the life of Eddie will not allow you to achieve everything you ever want in life. Purva Kaushik ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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