only bowin’ to his passport’ which disturbs Catherine. Although she repeats ‘I don’t believe it’ we are ableto see that it does affect her as later in the play, Catherine asks Rodolpho ‘suppose I wanted to live inItaly?’ His responses vary from ‘I would be a criminal stealing your face’ which once again indicates hispassionate love for her, to ‘I will not marry you to live in Italy’ which suggests that there might be at leastsome truth in what Eddie was saying. Rodolpho also says that ‘the only wonder here [is] work’ which onceagain raises questions in the mind of the audience as we are unsure of his love for Catherine as he hasn’tmentioned her. I believe that Miller leaves Rodolpho ‘s feelings ambiguous as this uncertainty draws theaudience into the play as we try to understand his intentions. Either way, the fact that Rodolpho’sfeelings for Catherine are under suspicion in a way that Marco’s feelings for his wife are not once againsuggests that anyone who does not behave in a manner which is deemed acceptable for a man is likely tocome under close scrutiny.We sometimes see a similarly unacceptable view of family love within the Carbone family. There are twosides shown to Eddie’s character; first as a controlling figure who harbours a secret and unacceptabledesire for Catherine. When we first see Eddie and Catherine, he is ‘pleased and therefore shy’ at herconversation and interest in him. This seems to suggest emotions that are more than fatherly and makesus question his relationship with Catherine. Everyone except Eddie seems to realise that he has thesefeelings as Alfieri says ‘there is too much love for the niece’ and Beatrice comments towards the end ofthe play that ‘you want something else and you can never have her.’ The fact that Eddie’s love is ‘toomuch’ and that he can ‘never have’ what he loves clearly suggests that his desires are falling outside therange of what is acceptable in a man. Yet, at other times, Eddie does appear to play the more acceptablerole of a caring father figure when he cautions Catherine about ‘walkin’ wavy’ and encourages her toimprove her lot in life when he says ‘if you’re gonna get outa here then get out; don’t go practically in thesame kind of neighbourhood’ which seems much more loving as he also says ‘I only wanted the best foryou, Kate.’
In this light the audience is inclined to judge Eddie much more generously which only goes to reinforcethe fact that, although there are many different men in the play, there is really only one role that it isacceptable for them to play: that of the hard working, caring, honourable, family man. Rodolpho does notlive up to this ideal and is mocked by Louis and Mike and the other men at the docks who call him ‘PaperDoll’ while Eddie is acceptable to the audience only insofar as he remains the caring father figure. Theonly character who adheres to the acceptable role of a man throughout is Marco and this perhapsexplains why the sympathy of the audience lies so strongly with him at the end of the play.