Study Guide

A View from the Bridge Men and Masculinity

By Arthur Miller

Men and Masculinity

Eddie: "The guy ain't right." (1.527)

This is pretty much Eddie's favorite thing to say about Rodolfo. Does he repeat it because he thinks it's true, or because he's trying to convince himself?

Eddie: "if you close the paper fast, you could blow him over." (1.535)

Let's play a game. How many creative ways can Eddie come up with to say that Rodolfo is gay?

Eddie: "if you came in the house and you didn't know who was singin', you wouldn't be lookin for him you be lookin' for her."

Real men don't sing high? Unless, they're…um…tenors. Like most all the great Italian opera singers.

Eddie: "He looked so sweet there, like an angel – you could kiss him he was so sweet." (1.541)

Some critics say that Eddie's obsession over Rodolfo's sexuality show that he's a little confused about his own preferences. This line might support that theory.

Eddie: "I'm ashamed. Paper Doll they call him. Blondie now." (1.543)

A man doing anything that is considered even remotely feminine isn't cool with Eddie.

Eddie: "But if I could cook, if I could sing, if I could make dresses, I wouldn't be on the water front." (1.659)

So, Rodolfo is nothing like you, Eddie. We get that. Would it be any easier for you if Catherine's first boyfriend was your spitting image?

Eddie: "Come on show me! What're you gonna be? Show me!" (2.80)

Now we see Eddie trying to prove he's a better man the old fashioned way. It's like Animal Planet up in here.

[Stage Direction:] Eddie pins [Rodolpho's] arms, laughing, and suddenly kisses him.

It seems strange after all this criticism of girly men, that Eddie would go and kiss one of them.

Eddie: "I mean I got a couple rights here.[…] This is my house here not their house." (2.120)

Eddie is using the old king of the castle line that has given so many males power over the years.

Marco: "Animal! You [Eddie] go on your knees to me!" (2.328)

Marco punks Eddie down, stealing his manhood, even going so far as to call him an "animal."