Essay on Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge

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Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge

Manliness, Hostility and Aggression are all important in "A view from the bridge" where Eddie Carbone plays the main character he is a longshoreman working on the Brooklyn docks in New York.

He tries to keep his status as "the man" in his household. He is very hostile towards Rodolfo because he thinks he is a homosexual. Marco knows Eddie feels this way about Rodolfo and is unhappy that Eddie feels this way about a member of his family. This creates aggression from Marco throughout the play and results in various conflicts between himself and Eddie in which Marco demonstrates his masculinity over Eddie this makes Eddie feel threatened and insecure.

Eddie has many different things that
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Marco challenges Eddie to lift a chair by the bottom of the leg. Eddie fails. Marco succeeds and holds the chair above Eddie's head as if he was going to hit him with it. This moment of tension between them shows Marco's hostility towards Eddie and is a warning to Eddie for him to leave Rodolfo alone.

Eddie does not approve of Rodolfo and Catherine's relationship because he does not think Rodolfo is manly enough. Eddie thinks and says "the guy ain't right" and "the guy is no good" he says these things when he is talking to Alfieri. Eddie asks Alfieri what he can do to stop
Rodolfo and Catherine getting married but when Alfieri tells him there is nothing he can do Eddie has to resort to calling the immigration bureau. This shows how threatened he feels by Marco and Rodolfo. The longshoremen and Eddie discuss Rodolfo and give him names such as" paper doll " because that is the name of the song he sings and the longshore men think he sounds like a woman.

Marco conforms to Eddie's theory of what it means to be manly by the way he works hard and looks after his family and is quite similar to
Eddie. Also when Eddie says "no-one fools Marco this gives the impression that Marco is well accomplished at dealing with complicated situations and no-one is going to mess him around. Also at the end of act one Marco challenges Eddie to lift
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