CharacterStudies - Character Studies Rodolfo Personalities:...

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Character Studies – Rodolfo Personalities: Always happy, positive attitude, friendly to everyone, peacemaker, naïve, honest to others especially Catherine, talkative, full of dreams. Rodolpho Rodolpho, the platinum blonde is a cooking, sewing, and dancing full-blooded Italian, and the  greatest threat to Eddie Carbone. The play really does not fill out the character of Rodolpho  as an individual, whose motivations are left as unknowns. Unlike Beatrice and Catherine, who  we hear talking together about their thoughts and feelings, Rodolpho reveals little about  himself. There are many questions left unanswered including his sexuality, his love for  Catherine, and whether he actually forgives Eddie at the play's conclusion. Much depends on  the actor playing Rodolpho to make clear character choices for this character because he is  rather vague in the script. The audience really never even knows if Rodolpho truly loves Catherine. Their romance is  curiously devoid of passion. Unlike his Italian brother Marco, Rodolpho does not seek revenge  on Eddie for calling Immigration or abusing his fiance in front of him. It is very clear that  Rodolpho wants to be an American citizen at all costs and there is a great possibility that he  does not love Catherine. Like Eddie fears, Rodolpho may only want to gain citizenship 
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2010 for the course ENGLISH 112 taught by Professor Loughlin during the Spring '08 term at UBC.

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