Gender Roles (Max & Marvin)

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  • Eddie's constant inquiry of the coffee in combination with Beatrice and Catherine responding matches traditional gender roles. Eddie seems to be more dominant and commanding over the two women. The women are seen serving the coffee to the men, which was a task stereotypically for women in the 1950s.
  • I'm getting it. She hurries out to kitchen... I put it on
  • How's the coffee doin'... What happened to the coffee?
  • I'll get you coffee... Enter Beatrice with coffee
  • Masculinity & Femininity Males are the dominant members of society and are meant to be strong and "macho" while only women are meant to possess feminine qualities and be submissive to males in society.
  • Eddie's ranting to Mr. Alfieri regarding Rodolpho's masculinity accuses him of being gay, especially Eddie's "lookin' for her" section of dialogue. This is a result of Rodolpho's defiance of gender norms during the 1950s. At the time, males were meant to be strong and tough as opposed to soft and gentle.
  • The guy ain't right Mr. Alfieri... you wouldn't be lookin' for him you'd be lookin' for her... Paper Doll they call him. Blondie now.
  • Eddie's sarcastic comment in this scene is implicating of how Rodolpho does not fit "traditional" gender roles of a male. Through this, he implies Rodolpho as being gay for his "feminine" talents of cooking, singing, and dress-making rather than those of men such as strength and hardworking.
  • It's wonderful, He sings, He cooks, he could make dresses...
  • The confrontation of Eddie and Marco as Marco challenges Eddie's strength, thus challenging his masculinity. As a result of Eddie being unable to lift the chair compared to Marco being able to, Marco appears more masculine. This is based on the gender stereotype of strength in males.
  • Can you lift this chair?... Marco is face to face with Eddie... the chair raised like a weapon over Eddie's head...  Eddie's grin vanishes
  • Eddie is establishing his dominance in line with the traditional male role. He is asserting himself as the more powerful one in this relationship. The quote shows this through Eddie wanting his own way in bed and him making his own choices. Thus matching male traits of dominance in a relationship.
  • When'd I say anything about that?
  • I want my respect, Beatrice... What I feel like doin' in the bed and what I don't feel like doin'.
  • Eddie kissing Catherine in front of Rodolpho asserts Eddie's dominance. He also does this through kissing Rodolpho to degrade him. Rodolpho attempts to assert control by establishing Catherine as his wife. Catherine threatens Eddie, defying the gender role of women being passive.
  • Yes! She'll be my wife. That's what I want. My wife!
  • She strives to free herself, he kisses her on the mouth... Eddie pins his arms... and kisses him
  • Eddie! Let go, ya' hear me! I'll kill you! Leggo of him! 
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