Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge Essay

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Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge

Today hostility is viewed upon as wrong, when "A View From the Bridge" was written, hostility made up part of the day-to-day running of people in this era. Today women are treated as equals and any discrimination is taken incredibly seriously, in the time the play written, women had very few rights and were constantly stereotyped and abused. Manliness, hostility and aggression play an important role in the play, 'A View From the Bridge'. Each character has a different view on what it means to be manly and what manliness is. Eddie, the main character around which the play revolves, has a very specific view of what manliness exactly is. When other character's views clash with his
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He considers the following things manly such as strength,
'Come on, kid, put sump'm behind it, you cant hurt me.' and Authority,
'Just get outta here and don't lay a finger on her unless you wanna go out feet first.' He also thinks protection is manly, 'This guy ain't right Beatrice.' However his avoidance of his personal feelings also fall into Eddies version of masculinity, 'I don't know, B. I don't want talk about it.'

He considers the things like singing to be effeminate. After Rodolpho sings Paper Doll, Eddie tells him 'Because we never had no singers here' this could be viewed in different ways. It could be either seen as he is simply trying to stop them getting noticed or that he doesn't like him singing, however later in the stage directions it says:
'Eddie is downstage, watching as she pours a spoonful of sugar into his cup, his faced puffed with trouble, and the room dies.' He also thinks that Rodolpho is effeminate in the way that he acts. 'He just ain't right, ya' know what I mean?'

Rodolpho can be seen in many ways to be unmanly or effeminate, he sings, makes dresses for Catherine, wishes to become an actor/dancer/singer, wishes to visit
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