Antonio goes inside the church bc he is following the

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Antonio goes inside the church b/c he is following the old man who knows aboutthe bike thief The poor people/working class goes to church to receive a free shave + foodChurch was place where upper class provide services to lower classway toconvert lower class to Catholicism(overpowering/bribing helpless people) Forcing poor people to go through indoctrination (praying before eating)Church helps the poor yet requires the following of specificrules → people going to church are not free to live theirreligion as they wish (not educated/have economic means) Rome: city of the working classpost WWII; they aren’t glamorous, wealthy people; theylive in the poor situations During the Fascist era → Rome was symbol of glorious historythat Italy wanted to go back to w/ Mussolini Movie doesn’t depict glory that Italians expected (Rome =working class) → rich live on outskirts of Rome Themes:Father and Son: They switch roles (at end son saves dad → Antonio almost gets arrestedfor stealing the bike)Bruno= mature side of Antonio (a little naive)Antonio is a good father (cares/worries about Bruno)+ wants to make Brunoproud Antonio cries at the end b/c his good father image is shattered whenAntonio tries to steal the bikeAntonio usually walks ahead of Bruno and leaves him (isn’t used to taking care ofBruno because that’s a maternal duty) Father = breadwinner while mother = takes Not a nurturing relationship (like with his mom)Dishonor:Cheated by authority and surrounded by men accusing him of false accusationsAntonio feels powerless =leads to stealing the bikeLoses honor of being a good man and father when caughtCrying- shows an all time low for a man Working class vs Middle Class(class juxtaposition) True Italians are the working class Italy was still trying to come to grips w/ what Fascism was →wanted a new gov’t to show the world that Italy had redeemeditself + became Democratic 2 classes come together to highlight differences: In the restaurant scene: conscious of the contrast between both classes(seen through etiquette and what they’re eating) They didn’t have enough to eat at home for Bruno topractice using silverware (snobby rich kid usessilverware very well → sentiment of rich towardsworking class)
Antonio + Bruno do not have tablecloth b/c waiters think theydon’t deserve one (way to respect and celebrate food) Inside churchEmbarrassment:Bruno is embarrassed about his dad being caught stealingAntonio is embarrassed for being caught in front of his son/othersFeels ashamed that he was not able to find the bike +someone stole his bike in the first place → but in the end,he ended up doing the same thingTemptation: Antonio tempted to steal the bike during soccer gameComes from the anxiety and desperation of not getting bike= bad life because nojobGood people in extreme situations will do things they don’t morally agree with

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