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This essay will examine the ideas of manliness, hostility, aggression and how these notions are explored in A View from the Bridge a play by Arthur Miller.

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A View from the Bridge This essay will examine the ideas of manliness, hostility, aggression and how these notions are explored in 'A View from the Bridge' a play by Arthur Miller. The play is set in the 1950s based on the American working class community in Brooklyn. The play 'A View from the Bridge' was written by Arthur Miller while doing research on a man called Pete Panto who was executed by the Italian mob for snitching on an Italian immigrant. While researching he came across a story about a man who snitched to the Immigration to prevent the marriage of his niece to one of the two brothers who were cousins with his wife. He was then known around in the Italian communities for snitching, some people rumoured that he was killed by one of the two brothers but was known for a fact. Eddie Carbone is the tragic protagonist of 'The View from the Bridge'. Eddie is a character who has own ideas of what a 'real man' should be like. Eddie is a helpful, uneducated longshoreman who lives with his wife Beatrice and his niece Catherine. His ideologies regarding masculinity revolve around physical strength, mean attitude, being breadwinner and earning income through tough labour. ...read more.

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In the eyes of fellow longshoremen he is distrusted because he does not behave like a 'real man'. Before the 1970s there was a blur in what a man should be and in many cases men who expressed their feelings were thought to be homosexual. Shockingly Eddie kisses Rodolpho while he was drunk. Some people may argue that he was drunk and was not aware of his actions. On the other hand others think that Eddie is a homosexual himself because his inner desires escapes through his drunken state. The conflict between Eddie and Marco started of when Eddie asks Rodolpho to box and Rodolpho reluctantly agrees and the two begin to box lightly. Eddie states that Rodolpho is doing well so they should increase the tempo and then Eddie swiftly punches Eddie on the face he is on purpose and everyone ask Rodolfo if he is all right and Rodolpho replies "I'm ok it was an accident" but everyone except Marco and Eddie know it was not. Marco then approaches Eddie and asks if he can lift the chair above his head in front of everybody. Eddie then attempts to lift the chair but he is unsuccessful, Marco then approaches the chair and slowly lifts the chair above his head. ...read more.

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Until Catherine's relationship with Rodolfo, she has no great talk besides wanting to work as a stenographer before she graduates. Catherine is unaware throughout the play that Eddie has lust for her. Throughout the play she seeks for Eddie's approval and forgiveness. Catherine only finds her independence from Eddie when she finds another male to replace him. Alfieri is the symbolic bridge between the Italian law and the American law. Alfieri is an Italian-American, he is a well educated man who studies and respects the Italian law even though he knows that it is not perfect. Alfieri's role is to give us a view between Italian and American laws in the Italian community. Alfieri is the narrator of the play and a friend of Eddie he gives legal advice to Eddie and tries to warn Eddie about turning on his own family. His role in the play can be compared to that of the chorus in the Greek theatre. In my opinion 'A view from the bridge' is a fantastic play because these things still happen today because many parents still have the same mentality as the people from their place of origin. This play can also be related to other cultures in the modern time and their views about each person in the family. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mohamed Hussein 11T A View From the Bridge essay Mr Silverman ...read more.

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This candidate clearly understands the plot of the play and the personalities of the characters, however, there are several factors that prevent the essay from reaching the top grades. The student makes good observations and picks out relevant parts of ...

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This candidate clearly understands the plot of the play and the personalities of the characters, however, there are several factors that prevent the essay from reaching the top grades. The student makes good observations and picks out relevant parts of the play, including information about almost all the major characters, as well as adding alternate interpretations at parts, which suggests a wide knowledge of the play. The student needs to focus more on the question title, even if it's just a few sentences at the end of paragraphs, to show how their writen material is relevant to the question itself. This is done occasionally, but should be done to a greater extent.

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The student manages to compare the attitudes and niches of the characters well, with respect to the themes being examined. One aspect that could be improved is evidence, this student will sometimes make assertions such as 'his ideologies regarding masculinity revolve around physical strength' without providing a quote. In my class, this is something that a lot of students found difficult and to attain higher grades, it is a necessity to add a line such as 'which is shown through the line...' to prove to the examiner that you understand the play well.

Quality of writing

The language and grammar used, in general, is quite specific and detailed. There are very few spelling mistakes and an adequate variety of sentence structures. Also, there is a lack of commas throughout which would make reading the essay a lot easier but at GCSE level, there is room for manouvre here. As said before, in order to improve, a lot more quotes are required to back up arguments that are made.


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