A View from the bridge by Arthur Miller
Examine the ideas of manliness, hostility and aggression in 'a view
from the bridge'. How are these ideas connected?
In this essay I will examine the ideas of manliness, hostility and
aggression are connected to each other in 'a view from the bridge'.
The play is set in a slum near the Brooklyn Bridge. In the story the
main character is Eddie carbone and we see many sides to this
character throughout the play. Eddie carbone is a middle aged man
going through a mid life crisis. Many things are causing this mid life
crisis, but the main thing and the most obvious one is the
relationship between Catherine and Radolpho. Catherine is the niece of
his wife, Beatrice. Catherine's parents died when Catherine was very
young and ever since then Beatrice and Eddie have raised her like
their own daughter. Eddie has grown to love as his own daughter but
due to this he has also developed a possessiveness that he does not
quite understand. Eddies mid-life crisis starts to be noticed when the
cousins of Beatrice illegally immigrate into the country by boat and
stay with them temporarily. From the moment they first arrive in the
play we immediately notice that something is bound to happen from the
way Eddie talks to them. This is where the drama officially begins.
Eddie has a certain type of belief that you have to be a particular
way or do particular things in order to be a real man, he believes
that certain types of characteristics and qualities are needed to be
manly. He has lived by these qualities and characteristics and
believes they are right. This is possibly due to the way he was
raised. The views that Eddie thinks are need for masculinity are that
you should go out of your way to provide for your family, that you
should provide what your family needs and what your family wants. He
believes that you should put your families needs before your own. He
lives up to these beliefs because he has many times worked as hard as
he could, gone through starvation just so there was food on the table
for Catherine and Beatrice. I know this because Eddie says
" I took out of my own mouth to give to her... ...I walked hungry
plenty days in this city! " in the play.
Marco, who is the elder of the two illegally immigrated cousins, does
live up to Eddie's views of masculinity. He is everything that Eddie
believes a man should be. The reason he immigrated into the country
was to provide for is hungry family back in his home in Sicily. He
wants his family to have food on the table just like Eddie does. Marco
came to the country because he thought that if he worked and earned
money he could send it back home to his wife and kids,
" If I stay there they will never grow up. "
Eddie takes a liking to Marco straight away. We can see that he
respects him because of what he is hoping to do for his family, he
seems very interested in Marco and asks a lot of questions,
" So what're...