In a charcaterization standpoint.Silvanus said:In what sense?Samtemdo8 said:Regretfully I never watched the Sopranos, at least not every single episode in their entirety, just clips here and there on youtube (still contemplating on buying the whole DVD sets)
And I know a good number of the charcaters well (especially Phil Leotardo) but the main man himself Tony to this day is a big mystery to me.
Regardless I just trying to point out that men internalizing their emotions is underappreciated.
Men have been encouraged to internalise their emotions-- and not to express them-- for centuries. That can lead to shoddy emotional maturity, poor communication with loved ones, and bottled-up frustrations and rage going unaddressed.
Worst of all, the idea that stoicism is an essential part of masculinity-- the idea that men shouldn't express themselves, and should "suck it up"-- can cause bloody turmoil for the men themselves, who are then stuck with the inner misery, because they cannot get the emotional support they want or need.
Tony Soprano's feelings towards his uncle Junior swing wildly between near-violent fury and self-destructive guilt, precisely because he never came to terms with the terrible impact his uncle had on him, and Tony batted away his therapist's attempts to talk to him about it. He couldn't open up, and it caused him pain, and damaged any future relationship he might have had with his uncle.
Exactly why I think its underappreciated. I feel more for men who choose not to express their greif and emotion and try to remain stoic. Like Michael Coreleone especially after what he did in the 2nd movie's ending. And when he did break in the 3rd movie it was all the more powerful and I feel for him more.