Advantages good read, good plot
Disadvantages a slightly bring ending
Manliness, Hostility and Aggression in 'A View From the Bridge''A View From the Bridge' is a play set in Brooklyn in the 1950's, written by Arthur Miller. Manliness, hostility and aggression are very important throughout 'A View From the Bridge'. The play clearly shows how manliness can easily lead to hostility and progress to aggression. The play centers around the Carbone family, who live in Brooklyn, and the arrival of their cousins Marco and Rodolpho, from Italy. Marco and Rodolpho are illegal immigrants seeking the 'American dream', which sets out that wherever you come from in the world, no matter how rich or poor you are, you can always work and make a good living in the industrial boom, in Western America. Unfortunately the 'American dream' only turned out to be true for a small minority of people, and many were left without jobs and food.
Manliness in particular is a major feature in 'A View From The Bridge', and if this was not so, the play would be entirely different. Eddie Carbone, the play's main character is of a low social class, and coupled with his use of language in the play, shows he is not well educated. He has a very strict and particular opinion of what makes a man, and how men should act, look and behave. Any man that does not conform to Eddie's view becomes almost an enemy, and conflict can erupt easily. At times conflict also occurs when a very masculine character, namely Marco, begins to threaten Eddie very slightly, which leads to hostility and aggression.Eddie has very strong views on what characteristics men should have. He believes that men should be strong, the breadwinner in the household and someone who cares for their family. Eddie also feels that men should protect their family, tell them when they are doing wrong, and guide family members back on to the right path. This view of Eddie's is clearly visible in his dislike of Rodolpho, whom he believes is marrying Catherine not due to love, but as a means of staying legally in America. Eddie likes to feel that he is in control of his family, even if he is not. One example of this is when Eddie says to Catherine: "what's the heels for?". This quote shows that he likes to be Catherine's 'Father figure', although he is not her father, but also shows the audience that in Eddie's eyes Catherine is still a young girl and should not need to be in these shoes. Eddie's protectiveness and ownership of Catherine are viewed as manly qualities.
Rodolpho clearly does not match up with Eddie's image of what makes a man. Eddie picks at the point that Rodolpho has blonde hair, cooks, sings, is weak at fighting and makes dresses, which in Eddie's eyes are characteristics of a typical woman, or maybe even a homosexual. One of the main moments of dramatic tension that shows Eddie's view to the audience is when Eddie suddenly kisses Rodolpho. The stage directions say: "Eddie pins his arms, laughing, and suddenly kisses him". What Eddie has done seems to be a test of whether Rodolpho is really a homosexual, and if so Eddie would be waiting to see a look of indifference on Rodolpho's face, and maybe even a kiss back.
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