This play examines the ideas of manliness, hostility and aggression. These are all main dramatic devices that connect together in ‘A view from the Bridge. ‘ This play contains many references to manliness, hostility and aggression. Often, these devices link together. The key cause of these feelings is Eddie Carbone, a man keen on the idea of ‘manliness’ and who in some ways, feels deprived of love. The play is based in the 1940’s in Brooklyn, America. The play is set in a slum area near Brooklyn Bridge.
The play mainly focuses on the Carbone family and how they come across and develop manliness, hostility and aggression throughout the play. Eddie as the protagonist expresses this by certain views about being a man. The play gives the audience an understanding of what Eddie thinks ‘manliness’ is. For example Eddie’s idea of manliness is to earn money, be a family man, have respect, have trust, be physically strong, and provide for his family. Knowing this it suggests that he likes to be seen as the man of the house and also for his family to know that he is the ‘Breadwinner.
‘ Manliness, hostility and aggression are a big part of existence in this play ‘A view from the Bridge. ‘ Arthur miller the writer creates this by expressing these through each character, by turning certain characters against each other and causing tension to build up throughout the play. Manliness, hostility and aggression play an important role in the play. Each character has a different view on what it means to be manly and what ‘manliness’ is. The context and background of this play was based in a society that used to be inhabited by a gangster called ‘Al Capone.
‘ This caused the effect of how they were back then. For example they lived in slums, which was “entirely unromantic” (page 12). It wasn’t a place where people thought to be romantic place. People also used to say if you “meet a lawyer or a priest on the street is unlucky” (page 12) obviously meeting a lawyer or a priest creates a bad vibe around people as they were seen as representing disaster. Manliness is evidently seemed to be a very big part of Eddie, especially when it involves his pride or ego.