What it's about.
The Violin follows two brothers and a tailor living in New York. The younger brother, Terry, who has a learning disability, finds a violin that's worth more than they expected. The older brother, Bobby, finds out that the violin belonged to a violinist that's now offering a prize to it's finder.
What does a tailor in his late 60's have in common with a 19-year-old college student?
Gio, the tailor, lost his wife and has been living alone with the company of his few customers. Terry and Bobby's mother was one of his best customers, that’s how they met. Their parents pasted away years later and Gio, in a way, took the boys under his wing. In personality, he is very cautious and a bit of a pessimist. If I was an old tailor in my sixties, I'd be Gio. He's been through so much and he wears it on his face and depicts it through his actions. Especially in the way he wants to keep up the facade that their parents are coming back one day. He knows how bad that would make Terry feel and shields him. With the pain of losing his wife, I can tell he's been through that kind of pain and wishes it on no one.
I've been shielding my mother in the same way. Much like Bobby and Terry, I lost a parent at a young age. I was fifteen and fatherless, after losing him to an ailment. I became very protective of my mother, much like Gio is to Terry. I felt that I had to shield my mother from anything that could hurt her. Much like Gio to Terry, I didn't want my mother to feel any more pain than she was already feeling.
In a way, I saw myself in all the characters. Bobby, he's very prideful. He has allowed pride to stop him from getting the help he needed when his parents passed away. When my father passed, I wasn't one for admitting when I needed help. I felt I could get through it on my own.
In a way, I'm like Terry as well, I'm a bit naïve to things. Of course, I wasn’t born with a disability, but I had that sense of innocence and hope when hope seems to be impossible. In the first six months after his passing, I wanted to believe it was all fake. I wanted to believe that I could get through it on my own. With my pride as loud as Bobby's and my common sense as blinded as Terry's and my constant cautiousness as strong as Gio's, I connected to their relationship.
When I watched Bobby, at first I felt like he’s this tough guy. Based on his lack of affection to his brother and his harsh language, that’s the feel he gives off. But the show allowed the possibility of a new perspective. Once I grew to understand that Bobby had lost his parents to murder and has been struggling ever since, my ideas of him changes. It filled in the “why is he like that?”, for me.
Then there’s Gio. At first I saw him and thought, he’s a bit weak and nervous. The way he constantly reminds me of his different ailments, he depicts himself as weak. But the show once again gave me a new view. I started to understand that he’s lost his wife and has been alone for a long time with nothing but Terry, Bobby, and the hope of a new customer to fill his day. I started to sympathize with him. He started to seem more like a protective almost guarded person rather than weak.
Lastly there’s Terry. He's the type of people that wears his heart on his sleeve. His honest and clear actions and reactions, I seemed to connect with him first. Like when he takes Bobby seriously and robs a lady of her purse. I found myself shaking my head because I knew he meant no harm, he was simply doing as told. Looking around I notice everyone kinda shaking their heads almost like they felt the same way. I liked his innocence.
To me, Gio, Terry, and Bobby depict how people from similar walks of life can all be affected differently.
He's fighting his image.
The image Gio, Terry, and Bobby depict is like the dog. The mirrored reflection is what I saw in them. It changes as the dog moves much like my perception of them did as the play went on.
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