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Masculinity In A View From The Bridge By Arthur Miller

1004 words - 4 pages

Masculinity in A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller

Miller uses several forms of masculinity to show the audience that in
different circumstances and cultures different forms of masculinity
are possible. This is shown to us by comparing both extremes of
masculinity and what they both involve. In the longshoreman culture
respect is as much a part of a man as is his own image. This leads to
those members of the community going to extraordinary lengths to keep
their reputation in order to stop them being emasculated in the eyes
of the community. In the Sicilian culture this is not so true and a
form of masculinity that has certain feminine qualities is shown to
us.

The Longshoreman way of life leads to a single form of masculinity
emerging for the community. This is the only form of masculinity found
amongst the people and is based upon a persons strength. In this
community not only is physical strength an issue but also how others
view you. The main problem with this form of masculinity that we are
shown by Miller, is that, because the Masculinity of those in the
community is based upon how others in the community view them, respect
is the sole way that men can see how masculine they are "I want my
respect". This alienates the men from themselves. "When am I gonna to
be a wife again Eddie...I got nothing to say about it". This
subsequently causes the men not to "settle for half". This is shown in
the stand off between Marco and Eddie. "Wipin' the neighbourhood with
my name like a dirty rag! I want my name, Marco…gimme my name". Miller
uses this image of masculinity to show the audience that the normal
form of masculinity is not necessarily the best form of it and a
competitive society can lead to the destruction of individuals as
their self-esteem is totally destroyed by failure.

Another form of masculinity that is shown to us in A View From The
Bridge that is also based upon physical masculine strength is that of
Marco. His masculinity is of a similar style to that of Eddie's, but
differs in one fundamental way. Instead of Eddie's obsession with his
image in the community Marco is obsessed with honour and above all
family honour. This can clearly be seen by the way he looks after his
brother and family, spending his first money on "medicine for [his]
boy". When looking out for his brother, Rodolfo, more often than not
he is stopping him from getting into trouble, "You'll be quiet,
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