The Rose Tattoo Relationships

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Rosa and Serafina
Rosa and Serafina's relationship is very tense. Serafina is strongly
protective of her daughter, even when she is younger, protecting her from
the Strega, believing her to be evil. Rosa is critical of this interpretation,
proving her smarts and their contrast. Rosa is practical, whilst Serafina
tends to be excessive. This has somewhat carried over in three years later,
though Rosa has now met Jack and has become more excessive in her
emotions. Rosa and Serafina's contrast is it at its strongest here; Serafina
wants to mourn for Rosario all day whilst Rosa wants to move on with her
life, especially with Jack. The reason why they are different becomes
clear; Serafina was raised in a strict Sicilian household whilst Rosa has
grown up in the US and has become accustomed to the American lifestyle.
Whilst at the end of the scene, Serafina seems to turn over a new leaf,
realising that her relationship with Rosa is falling apart over her actions,
she is soon back to mourning for Rosario following the revelation of his
past. Rosa becomes disappointed as Serafina meets Jack, as Serafina
refuses to move on. Serafina's protectiveness then kicks in and she is
shown to be wildly protective of Rosa, insulting Jack, his culture and his
profession. She makes Jack to swear to protect her innocence, she seems
to want to hold onto this image of Rosa being a sweet, innocent girl,
rather then the mature young women she is developing into. She soon
realises that Jack wants to respect Rosa's innocence and accepts him, Rosa
being overjoyed, despite her earlier embarrassment. Their relationship
seems to be improving, but Rosa leaves before any real develop can be
made. Her protectiveness over Rosa is seen again as Alvaro mistakes her
for Serafina, kicking Alvaro out. Their contrast of emotions is seen again;
Serafina wants to get him out and is embarrassed by his presence whilst
Rosa is more practical and tries to help her hide his presence. Their
relationship at the end is made clearer, they are closer then they have
ever been as Serafina is supportive of Rosa in her white dress and Rosa
suggests she doesn't mind Alvaro's presence. Their relationship overall is
typical of a mother daughter relationship, however this is at the extreme
as Serafina is wildly protective of her daughter.
Rosa and Jack's relationship is somewhat based upon naivety, mostly on
Rosa's part, though it is suggested Jack has not had much experience. Rosa
is extremely naïve and passionate in their relationship, whilst Jack is more
stable and sane. Whilst Jack does love her, it is hinted that he is
somewhat annoyed by her naivety and youth, as shown by his sarcastic
comments earlier and his actions at the end, where he implies he going to

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Rosa's naivety is shown as she goes off to marry
him at the end, thinking this will fix their problems, as Jack is going
away. Her naivety is also shown as she believes that Jack does not love
her because he is respecting her mother's wishes and cannot understand
the promise he had made her mother. Whilst the relationship is based on
love, Rosa's youth and her naivety over relationships prevents them from
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Estelle Hohegarten was the women he was cheating with. She almost
forgets about Alvaro's presence as she threatens Estelle, but Alvaro calms
her and lets her talk to Estelle calmly. He comforts her, and Serafina
allows him to spend the night by sending him out the back door and
pretending he has left, before letting him come back, so she does not face
criticism from the neighbourhood. In the next scene, it is clear they are
having sex.…read more

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The closest women to Serafina, Assunta, is also older and sells powders.
Assunta is the biggest defender of Serafina, and helps her throughout the
play to ensure she is not hurt. Serafina and Assunta's closeness is assured
at both the opening and ending, as Serafina admits at both points she is
pregnant. Overall, the relationship Serafina with her neighbourhood
alternates on them feeling sympathy for her and them being typical nosy
neighbours.…read more


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