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Masculinity is a prevalent theme in Arthur Millers A View From The Bridge The four leading male characters in the play Eddie Rodolpho Marco and Alfieri each play different roles and different types of men Miller has represented men and masculinity in an unforgiving light in the play It appears that it is men that confuse and create problems in the characters lives Each characters actions are effected by the conflicting forces of determinism where every event and situation is the inevitable result of its preceding states of affairs and freewill It could be said that the male characters in A View From The Bridge are not acting but being acted upon The main character in A View From The Bridge is Eddie He is forty years of age slightly overweight and is described as husky The huskiness used in the description refers to both Eddies roughness and his strong burly build His age suggests experience another masculine quality Eddies appearance reflects his attitude strong and intimidating In trying to prove his masculinity Eddie is the focus of many conversations as he feels that he must dominate the conversation Eddies speech is very direct with blunt wording He constantly uses contractions and drops the last letter off words such as in the phrase I didnt say nothin Eddies language is not sophisticated in any sense This is because Eddie spent his time working instead of getting a proper education Eddie also comes from a working class family which would mean that his education is limited The conglomeration of these factors conveys Eddie to be even more masculine It is very clear that Miller has constructed Eddie to represent the epitome of masculinity however the character has a propensity to be acted upon rather than acted Although Eddie is portrayed as a very masculine character the turmoil in his mind is evident to the reader Within himself he is trying to control his feelings
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