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
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...ead the drama "A view from the bridge" it was initially
intended to be performed on the stage this would have made the play
more dramatic because the audience would feel like they are a part of
it. The setting would cause problems because it is constantly changing
so the stage set-up would have to be skilfully done so as little time
was wasted as possible changing the set.
We acted a small part of the play in groups which helped us to
understand why Arthur Miller had so many stage directions in the
script. It is because every little detail needed to be shown to reveal
the authenticity of the play and to give it a feeling of what it was
actually like to be there.
When we acted our scene from the play it was difficult to keep up with
all the different stage directions but once we practiced it became
easier and it made the scene look much more realistic.
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