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 he considers to be manly e.g. "to
be a breadwinner". He feels that Rodolfo does not conform to his idea
of masculinity because of the way he cooks, cleans, sings and makes
dresses. Which at the time of the play would not be considered to be
things done by a man.
Eddie also has strong views about the way that Catherine behaves. He
shows this by criticizing the way she dresses and the way she behaves
when he says "your walkin wavy" and "you're still a baby". He feels
like she is still his little girl and he is unhappy that she is
growing up so quickly. He is also unhappy with her job because of the
neighbourhood it is in and he thinks she should stay at school for
longer. I think he disapproves of this not because of the
neighbourhood, or the fact she should still be at school, but because
he thinks she is still a baby and he should still be looking after her
when she is perfectly capable of doing it herself.
Eddie behaves peculiarly when he asks Rodolfo if he can box which
leads to a boxing match between Eddie and Rodolfo, which is just
supposed to be harmless but when Eddie actually hits Rodolfo then
tension builds up, causing a moment of hostility and almost aggression
between Eddie and Marco. 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...