As Eddie pretends to teach Rodolfo how to box, “he feints with his right hand and lands with his left.It mildly staggers Rodolfo.” Eddie delivers this punch to suggest that he is able to beat Rodolfo if he so wished and endeavors to expose Rodolfo’s is so weak that he cannot even fend for himself.” This reveals Rodolfo’s exuberant and good-natured character.Unlike Marco, he is very gregarious and enjoys receiving attention.Rodolfo does not adhere to the Sicilian code of justice as he seeks to compromise instead of to cast blame.On the other hand, Marco shouts at Eddie vehemently in public as he is arrested. ” Marco’s accusations before the entire community illustrate his burning desire to seek vengeance because he believes Eddie has violated the Sicilian code of justice and thus Marco will take justice in his own hands by killing Eddie.Catherine really should be asking what right he has to decide her future.
Eddie fails to lift the chair, but Marco lifts it until he is “face to face with Eddie, a strained tension gripping his eyes and jaw, his neck stiff, the chair raised like a weapon over Eddie’s head and he transforms what might appear like a glare of warning into a smile of triumph.” Not only is Marco physically stronger than Rodolfo and Eddie, his “smile of triumph” powerfully indicates that his clarity of vision and strength of purpose also surpass both of them.
generally reflects the accepted gender roles of its day.
The men (in the case of Eddie and Marco) are bread-winners; they are workers providing for their families while the women must be demure, ladylike and stay at home cooking, cleaning and nurturing the children.
More interestingly, focusing as it does on Eddies forbidden (if largely unconscious) sexual desires for his niece, the play also reflects the general desire of men to control female sexuality.
Eddies comments that Catherines skirt is too short and that the heads are like windmills when she walks wavy down the street clearly demonstrate his attempt to prevent other men from finding her attractive and, thus, limiting her sexual opportunities.