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How does 'A View from the Bridge' show manliness, hostility and aggression?

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How does 'A View from the Bridge' show manliness, hostility and aggression? In the play 'A View from the Bridge' Eddie Carbone play's the protagonist. Eddie has a very particular view of what it means to be a man and in this sense is the main example of manliness, hostility and aggression in the play. Manliness, hostility and aggression are a big part of existence and of living in the play. Arthur Miller creates this by using the characters against each other, always challenging each one then the other. Throughout the play the audience are reminded of Eddies manliness and what he believes to be manly. The audience are fed an idea of what Eddie presumes to be manliness right from the start of the play. Catherine has just told Eddie that she has got a job as a stenographer, but Eddie thinks that she should stay at school. Catherine then uses the argument that she'll be earning $50 a week. Eddie reacts angrily to this "look did I ask you for money" and then claims, "I supported you this long I can support you a little more" this gives the indication that Eddie believes that a man should be supporting the family and should go out of his way to make sure his niece doesn't need to go to work. ...read more.

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Mr Alfieri the guy ain't right". This is showing that Eddie believes that a man should be strong and if he wants to protect his woman he should fight for her. Eddies views on manliness cause a lot of conflict throughout the play. The first instance of this is when Eddie criticises Catherine's new dress "I think it's too short" he then goes on to say that Catherine's "walkin' wavy". This is showing that Eddie doesn't want men to be perving over her and this causes conflict as Catherine is young and immature and doesn't realise that the men are like that. The next instance of Eddie's views causing a conflict is when Catherine tells him she's got a job. Straight away Eddie is on the offensive, or what could be called an offensive defence, when he says "NO-NO you gonna finish school" Catherine tries to calm him down but Eddie continues, "You can't take no job. Why didn't you ask me..." Eddie begins to calm down when he finds out she hasn't accepted the job yet, but becomes 'strangely nervous' and continues to cause conflict with abrupt answers and repudiating any attempt to sway him. This again shows that his views that a man should provide for his family and woman should do what there told causes even more conflict. ...read more.

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Arthur Miller uses Marcos manliness as a climatic moment on more than one occasion. For example at the end of Act One Marco and Eddie have a test of strength. One may presume that Eddie would be the one to challenge Marco but on the contrary it is Marco who initiates the challenge as a show of strength, power and masculinity. He does this because Eddie had taught Rodolfo how to box as an excuse to fight him and therefore proof his manliness. Marco does the same thing with the test of strength because after Eddie can't lift the chair Marco doesn't laugh or rub it in his face and just lifts the chair without emotion and then again without emotion looks Eddie in the eye chair raised above his head and gives a defiant warning for Eddie to keep away from his brother. Arthur Miller uses Marcos manliness again to as a climax to the play. The play ends with Marco pressing a knife into Eddie's chest and without emotion let's him fall to the ground still clutching the knife that has ended his life. This gives a dramatic end to the play and shows that although Eddie was always critical of others when they weren't manly and strong, the fact that he wasn't man enough and strong enough ended his life. Robert Brain 11.LP Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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