'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
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
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...was selfish, and if he just settled with Catherine and him being
friends, he would still be alive now. He lost everything because he
was selfish. Alfieri generalises all of his other clients by saying
Eddie is "not purely good, but himself purely, for he allowed himself
to be wholly known and for that I will love him more than any my
sensible clients". By this statement Alfieri means that Although Eddie
was wrong with his views he was just being himself.
Manliness, Hostility and Aggression are obvious themes though out the
play and they are all very closely linked. Because of Eddies views on
manliness he is Hostile towards Roldolfo from as soon as he meets him.
This then leads to aggression between Marco and Eddie, which ends in
Eddie having his life taken from him all because of his shallow views
and poor education.
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