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This essay will explore the theme of masculinity in Arthur Miller's play of a view from the bridge

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Compare and contrast the theme of masculinity as presented by Eddie and Rodolpho in A View From The Bridge This essay will explore the theme of masculinity as presented by Eddie and Rodolpho in Arthur Miller's play of a view from the bridge. I will do this by analysing what the male characters say, and how it shows their view of masculinity. A View From The Bridge, which was based in New York, was set in the 1950's. During that time many Italian immigrants had fled to New York, and brought their beliefs and views with them. One of there strongest beliefs was in masculinity, which is what I will be exploring in this essay. A stereotypical Italian family had the Male as the head of the house, with him bringing in the money and have the ultimate say in all matters. That is only the stereotype though. Different people have different views, which are affected by class, culture and education amongst others. This is shown in the play by having people with different backgrounds, having different views. Eddie is the character who seems to have the strongest views of masculinity. Firstly he shows the audience that he wants to protect his family. ...read more.

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Marco didn't like this so he challenged Eddie to lift a chair with one hand. He couldn't do it. Then Marco lifted it and smiled "triumphantly" showing Eddie he had won. This was the first time that Eddie's masculinity had been challenged. Throughout the play Eddie also loses some of his masculinity through various event. These first come though after the arrival of Marco and Rodolpho, when Beatrice says to him "when am I going to be a wife again," and "it's been 3 months." That quote tells the audience that Eddie has not had sex for a long, which would greatly dent a male image, especially if your wife is confronting you about it. The next blow to his masculinity came when his daughter disobeyed him. Catherine tells him "no, were doing it right away." This is in reference to Catherine and Rodolpho getting married. As head of the house he should be in control of all situations, and having your daughter not obey you is the opposite. It once again shows more masculinity Eddie has lost. In Eddie's view of masculinity he shows us regularly that being gay is not acceptable. ...read more.

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Rodolpho flirts back and says "yes, il like sugar" which in Eddies eyes shows utter disrespect as Eddie is letting them live in his house. Another but probably the ultimate reason for Eddies dislike of Rodolpho is he believes he is after his green card. He constantly shows this via arguments with Beatrice and Catherine when he repeats "he's after his green card." Because Roldolpho is an illegal immagrant he can be deported at any time but if he marries a citizen he can stay. In this case the citizen would be Catherine. Eddie has no proof for this conviction but he is looking out for his family. I belive that both Eddie and Rodolpho are both masculine but are different because of their backgrounds and upbringing. As the play progresses though I think Eddie loses his masculinity as Rodolpho tries to be reasonable, and tell Eddie he love Catherine. To me this leave Rodolpho s the strongest male at the end of the play beause he is tryiong to reason, which would get you far in a modern society. At the end of the play I do have sympathy for Eddie because he had only been trying to give his family the best and protect them. But in doing so he made some silly mistakes which led to his stabbing ...read more.

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