It all ends with the main character throwing his life away over this theme. A View from the Bridge shows how destructive it can be when a person places his reputation over everything else. It also points out how difficult it is for anyone to respect a person who doesn't respect their own self.
Questions About Respect and Reputation
Was it disrespectful for Rodolpho to not ask Eddie's permission before dating Catherine?
Why is Eddie's "name" so important to him?
In what ways are women expected to show respect to the men in the play? How do the men show respect to the women?
Do you think Eddie could ever regain the respect of his family and community?
Chew on This
By taking Eddie's "name," Marco stole what was truly Eddie's most valuable possession.
Calling Immigration was a form of suicide for Eddie. By sinning against the community, he effectively destroyed the man he once was.