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Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge

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Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge

'A View From The Bridge' is set in early 1950's America at a time when
it was very common for illegal crime syndicates to transport illegal
immigrants into America for large sums of money. It is based around a
small family who decide to have two of their relatives imported from
Italy so they can try and make some money for their poor families back
home.

The play covers many issues including aggression, hostility and the
true role of a man to his family. Hostility starts when Roldolfo and
Marco get transported from Italy to live with the Carbones. Roldolfo
does not conform to Eddies views of "manliness", since Roldolfo is not
big and strong like him.

Eddie works in a male dominated dock yard and has a very stereotypical
view of men and their roles, he believes they should be strong and
protective to their families. Eddie thinks it is very important that
he is given respect, we know this because halfway through Act two
Eddie Shouts at Beatrice telling her "I want my respect". He sometimes
wants more respect than he deserves, even though Beatrice tells
Roldolfo and Marco to move out he tells her "I don't like the way you
talk to me, Beatrice" this makes Eddie seem like a bully.

Conflict begins when Eddie shows his dislike for Roldolfo. Eddie says
that Roldolfo "is not right", and the only reasons he can give for
this is that he has blonde hair, sings and can make clothes.

Marco shows conventionally masculine characteristics. For example when
Eddie can't lift the chair and Marco can with hardly any effort. This
hurts Eddie's ego and makes Eddie feel threatened; the only way Eddie
knows how to deal with felling threatened is to be aggressive. Eddie
dealing with his emotions like this shows that Eddie is very badly
educated and in some ways immature. You can tell Eddie is badly
educated by his use of language, he shortens a lot of his words, such
as are not he shortens to "ain't". But conflict also occurs on a
smaller scale when Eddie tells Catherine that he dislikes her new
clothes. Eddie dislikes Marco although he conforms to Eddie's idea of
what a man should be like; he is strong and is always thinking about
providing for his family. In these ways Marco is more "manly" than
Eddie and although he would never admit it this makes Eddie feel very
uncomfortable and on edge around him.

When Eddie is discussing Roldolfo to the other longshoremen he implies
that he is not right and is no good.

Eddie never actually tells Roldolfo about his distrust in him, but
when he is showing him how to be a boxer he hits him and convinces
everyone it was by accident. But because Eddie never confronts
Roldolfo or Marco about his distrust of them this makes Eddie cowardly
and shows that he does not live up to his own expectations of a man
and his...

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