Character Mindmap: Rodolpho

A character mind map for the character Rodolpho in 'A View from the Bridge' by Arthur Miller.

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  • Consumed by life in the USA
      • Young and carefree
        • Doesn't notice Eddie's hostility initially
        • Makes light and jokes of everything, including sad things
          • Horses in his hometown being "skinnier than goats"
      • Rodolpho looks up to his older brother, Marco
        • Very close brotherly bond - both used to work together
          • "Marco is a mason and I bring the cement"
          • The brothers communicate without speaking, suggests closeness
        • Always listens and looks up to Marco
          • Rodolpho waits for a "nod of permission" from Marco before singing Paper Doll
      • Prioritises Catherine's happiness
        • Catherine is part of Rodolpho's concept of The American Dream
          • Dreams of taking Catherine to Broadway one day
        • Polite, seems to care for Catherine; takes her arm when they walk down street
          • Catherine claims that Rodolpho "almost bows to her"
        • He is aware of her feelings
          • "What worries you, Catherine?"
        • However, is this just a ploy - using Catherine to receive citizenship?
          • "You think I would carry on my back the rest of my life a woman I didn’t love just to be an American?"
      • Matures throughout play
        • Initially spends money on records and clothes
          • End of play has accumulated "nearly three hundred dollars"
        • Initially light-hearted
          • Later apologises to Eddie - even when not his fault
        • Initially submissive
          • Later advises Marco; "Marco - promise the man"
      • Catalyst character; brings out Eddie's flaw as tragic hero
      • Has sense of humour
      • Sensitive and responsible
      • Very talented
      • Femininity and predjudices
        • Eddie does not associate Rodolpho as masculine
          • "If you close the paper fast, you could blow him over."
    • "Me, I want to be an American. And then I want to back to Italy when I am rich, and I will buy a motorcycle."
    • "No; I will not marry you to live in Italy. I want you to be my wife, and I want to be a citizen."
    • Spends money on records and clothes rather than investing in money for relatives in Italy
    • "crazy for New York"; movies, jazz, excitement



A character mind map for the character Rodolpho in 'A View from the Bridge' by Arthur Miller. 

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