Today hostility is viewed upon as wrong, when "A View From the Bridge"
was written, hostility made up part of the day-to-day running of
people in this era. Today women are treated as equals and any
discrimination is taken incredibly seriously, in the time the play
written, women had very few rights and were constantly stereotyped and
Manliness, hostility and aggression play an important role in the
play, 'A View From the Bridge'. Each character has a different view on
what it means to be manly and what manliness is. Eddie, the main
character around which the play revolves, has a very specific view of
what manliness exactly is. When other character's views clash with his
own ideals, he reacts, violently in most cases. Another character,
Marco, demonstrates masculine characteristics and makes Eddie feel
threatened, these connect the ideas of manliness, hostility and
aggression. I will look at this particular area, and others later in
The play, itself, is set in the Red Hook, slum area of Brooklyn, New
York during the 1950s. It focuses around the immigration of Italian
people, searching for the American Dream, however many if these
'dreams' were shattered with the tragedy and poverty that befell the
people of that area. The area of Red Hook is also renowned for its
infamous gangsters such as Al Capone, John Torrio and Frankie Yale.
Another character in the play, Alfieri, plays a similar part to a
chorus, similar to ones in Greek plays, narrating the play and
commenting on events; he also plays a part in the play as a lawyer and
a family friend. He is essential to the structure of the play as he
opens and closes it and at other times moves th...
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...get it, Catherine." Women in this era, were forced into
these roles, they had few rights and were treated poorly.
I believe that the play is well written and it was a success. The
author had spent a number of years in these conditions and knew what
it felt like for these people. The characters in the play were well
formed and each person was totally independent from the others.
However at the end of the play, just before Marco stabs Eddie, there
is little suspension, leaving much to be desired for the ending. The
play does also relate to many of today's issues. People are still
quite homophobic (however homosexuals are becoming more and more
integrated into today's society) and due to large amounts of
immigrants coming into the country people of Britain are becoming more
xenophobic towards those societies. Much in the same way as the era
Eddie lived in.
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