Eddie examines her and tells her she looks beautiful, but goes on to lecture her about her new wavy walk down the street. Eddie tells Catherine he is worried about Rodolpho. Turning to Eddie, she tells her husband he needs to think about it; Catherine can care for herself and will be fine. Eddie arrives at the apartment and is furious when he sees Rodolpho and Catherine come out of the same bedroom. Eddie also attempts to deter Catherine from Rodolpho, which ruins their relationship, and eventuates in the loss of his name and respect from the community.
Do me a favour will you? Catherine asks if Rodolpho is married. Marco and Rodolpho talk about working on fishing boats in the ocean. He comments that he seems always to notice the ruin in things. Beatrice can tell Catherine is starting to get upset, so she sends her to get the food. Beatrice enters from the street and approaches Eddie. She has gotten a job as a typist at a plumbing company, having been picked as the best student in her typing class. I mean-I like him, Rodolfo- and I can't stand it! In 1952, Miller wrote , a play about the 1692 Salem witch trials that functioned as an allegory for the purges among entertainers and media figures by the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Miller wrote the first version in 1955. Immigration comes and arrests Marco and Rodolpho. She says Catherine is not a child anymore and if she wants to marry Rodolpho she can. In my opinion, Alfieri should resume the play like he did in the original one. Beatrice encourages Catherine to get married to Rodolpho if that is what she wants to do. Catherine tells him that she loves Rodolpho.
The title of the song suggests fragility and femininity. This makes him angry and he tells her to leave him alone about it. Smiling but with the hint of tears in his eyes, he teases her about looking like a Madonna and says she can go to work. He is visibly distressed and decides to go for a walk. However, in the end of the play, Eddie obviously calls Immigration on these cousins, just like the boy. Alfieri, an Italian-American, is true to his ethnic identity.
Where is the law for that? Alfieri tells the audience that Eddie then came to see him in his office. Maybe they gave you a ridiculously early curfew. The extent of the fracture in their marriage becomes clear when it is revealed that the two have not even slept with each other for at least three months. Inside, Beatrice angrily tells Eddie to leave Catherine alone. Eddie calls his wife, Beatrice, into the room and announces that her cousins have landed. This quote also reveals that Eddie knows his own fate—he knows what will happen to him, but cannot escape his fate. Catherine and Rodolpho continue to see each other, and one night Rodolpho boldly asks her to dance after dinner.
Eddie, still frustrated with Rodolpho and Catherine, even visits Alfieri and asks if there is any way he can get rid of Rodolpho by law, but Alfieri assures him there is not. She runs into the apartment and Eddie follows her. As the three prepare to eat dinner, Catherine shares her news with Eddie. There, he received awards for his playwriting. Eddie is very resistant to the idea, but Beatrice finally convinces him to let her take the job. Catherine says that Rodolpho has been telling her about Italy, where there are fountains in every town and orange and lemon trees. Although Eddie takes a substantial turn away from the community by calling the Immigration Bureau, he still needs acceptance and spends his last moments fighting Marco for his good name in the community.
This revision guide gives a good breakdown of the play, splitting each act into sections so the reader can thoroughly learn the play. They are also symbolic as a rite-of-passage to womanhood. Eddie visits Alfieri once again, who repeatedly tells him to let Catherine go. Men like Eddie and the other longshoremen make money, but they are not part of the suburban-consumerism boom of the country; they are trying to eke out a living as best they can while the rest of the country grows prosperous. Eddie acts as if he is simply concerned about Rodolpho getting caught, when he clearly has ulterior motives in not wanting him to go out with Catherine. But his feelings toward Catherine will gradually be revealed to be more complicated—and problematic.
Kazan was called too, but unlike Miller, he named names when asked to do so. When he has no legal recourse to separate Rodolpho and Catherine, Eddie turns Rodolpho and Marco in, setting off a chain of events that ostracizes him from his family and neighborhood and also leads to his own death. He is frustrated by the question because he knows it is not coming from her. Rodolpho develops a reputation at the docks for being quite a joker, which further embarrasses Eddie. Beatrice is planning on going to the wedding, but Eddie threatens her, saying she cannot come home if she goes.
When Catherine leaps up the get a cigar for Eddie, Beatrice looks at him oddly. He can bail out Marco now if he promises not to harm Eddie. Marco and Rodolpho enter the apartment and meet Beatrice and Eddie. She starts to fret about getting a new tablecloth and food for them. Eddie violently kisses Catherine, pins Rodolpho to the floor and kisses him also. As Eddie enters the home two fellow Longshoremen, Mike and Louis greet him. Miller was unintellectual as a boy, but later decided to become a writer and attended the University of Michigan to study journalism.