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Sopranos Open Chat
One source of Tony's depresion is that he is experiencing a crisis in masculinity. There were numerous allusions to T's (and society's) outmoded notions of manhood.
A "real man" drinks liquor (so much for Chris), is out "banging co-eds" (so much for AJ), and stays silent (doesn't whine or complain, especially in a psychotherapeautic setting; doesn't rat out people; and doesn't attribute his drinking problem to a "disease"). A real man doesn't sit in his boxers and laugh like a girl while interacting in a "chit chat room."
I really think this is one of main sources for T's own self-hatred ("depression is rage turned inward") and his disappointment with AJ and Chris (his two sons). His notion of masculinity doesn't jive with what and who men really are and it's causing him a lot of anxiety. Even when he and AJ were in the movie room tonight, Tony got really excited when a John Wayne movie came on. He longs for that strong, macho, tough guy who doesn't go about in pity for himself. But that type of man is a myth, a fiction. I don't think Tony will ever understand this...those days might be over.
So what I am wondering is, will Tony turn witness to save his family (Carm, AJ and Meadow)which was alluded too in his exchange with the FBI agents.
Tony hates "degenerate" gamblers and rats. He's already become the first. Will he become the second?
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