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How does Marco's behaviour change towards the end of the play?

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Introduction

How does Marco's behaviour change towards the end of the play? Marco is a very striking character. He is an Italian immigrant that moved illegally to the United States with his brother Rodolpho to work and earn money. He is originated from Italy but had to move to the US because of the hardships in Sicily. Marco is a very optimistic and organised, as we are told that Marco's plan is to make money to survive and be able to support his family back in Italy, who are starving and sick. Marco physically resembles the Sicilian stereotype, with dark hair and dark skin. He is also very strong "he can load the whole ship by himself". He appreciates what Eddie is doing for him giving him a place to stay and food to eat. He minds his own business. ...read more.

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Further more the killing of Eddie by Marco's own hands at the end of the play is the final display of his character. His character is definitely expressed more by his actions than by his words. He is strong, and is aware of it but doesn't show it in words or boast about it at all. In fact he uses his strength to prove a point to Eddie.. As a final insult, Marco chooses to spit on Eddie face in front of everyone. This is because in the Italian culture, that act is considered as an extreme punishment. Further more, the action of going to the church before facing Eddie shows us that he is a very religious and cares about his soul. Marco is a very honourable man and believes in his tradition, and the author shows us that through a number of symbols. ...read more.

Conclusion

But only in the second act we see his character fully exposed and his image transform into a round character. In this play, Marco is portrayed as the victim, since he hasn't done anything to Eddie but he still gets arrested. In addition, although his brother Rodolpho gets away with it by marrying Catherine, he has no other choice but to go back to his hungry wife and sick children in Italy. These thoughts, and knowing that Eddie has no regrets for what he has done makes him furious, and at the end of the play he seeks revenge. Marco's character creates a conflict with the very conception of the drama. His way of seeking revenge for what Eddie has done is very much within Sicilian culture and tradition. He hasn't touched Eddie physically at all until the end of the play. We see Marco's character change thoroughly and I believe that the play would not have been the same without him. English coursework Monica Patel ...read more.

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