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The scene in which Eddie first goes to Alfieri to investigate whether anything can be done to get rid of Rodolopho this is significant to the play as it is the first time Eddie has openly expressed his dislike for Rodolpho The play is designed to shock the 1950s audience as the subjects that arise are illegal or disqualified from society in the 1950s incestuous behaviour was a very unspoken subject as it is today Homosexuality on the other hand was illegal even today some people are strong homophobics and look down on homosexual behaviour between both men and women It is close to reality and most of the time reality is hard to come to terms with Homosexuality was shocking people put there noses up and looked down on anything that was even slightly odd not right or unusual in fact even today if a celebrity admits that they are gay it is splashed all over the newspapers and considered a scandal on the nine o clock news Immigration from Italy and Sicily was very common at this time Many people married USA citizens to get their papers which made them a full American citizen Most immigrants entered the country illegally they reached the country by a boat and where found jobs until they could pay the debt back to the people who had smuggled them in as soon as they had paid off this money the had to go and find work of there own Most would stay six to ten years and risk getting picked up by the immigration bureau and then many would go back home mainly because of family But a small minority would stay in the USA marry and then become an American citizen Arthur Miller deliberately places a soliloquy at the beginning of the scene it almost gives you a different view on Eddie which presents an alternative view on the character of Eddie for the audience My
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