- Honour: We can see that Eddie does not want to lose his dignity with the arrival of Marco and Rodolfo, he wants to still be the man of the house. Eddie also needs a personal honour, which Marco removes when he spits at him. His personal honour is symbolised by his name, "I want my name Marco".
- Love: Love is an issue all around the play, everything acts beside love and for love. Eddie is constant loving his niece, Rodolfo is also. So we must talk about love
- Homosexuality: Although specifically articulated, homosexuality or what makes a man "not right" is a persistent theme of the play. Rodolfo sings, cooks and sews a dress for Catherine. Lous and Mike, when talking about Rodolfo, clearly think there is something wrong with him and Eddie speaks directly to Alfieri about the specific things that bother him about Rodolfo.