In La strada, Fellini shows the contrasting attitudes of lifestyles: between the joyless and mirthful, between the brutish and the meek, and between husband and wife. Anthony Quinn plays the great Zampanò, a one-trick circus strongman who travels across the countryside in a makeshift, motorcycle-pulled gypsy wagon. His first assistant, Rosa, has died, so he travels back to her family to buy (yes, buy) another assistant, her sister, Gelsomina. Her tearful mother explains that Gelsomina is slow and weird, and she most certainly is, but she's also a charmer (although her charms are largely ignored by the humorless Zampanò). The two set off on a tour, traveling from village to village. Zampanò treats Gelsomina like a dog, even as she tries desperately to relate to him on some level. Things only get worse when they join a traveling circus. Il Matto, the highwire act and circus fool, takes great pleasure in teasing and torturing Zampanò. Il Matto is a multi-talented and gifted circus performer who sees Zampanò for the great, lumbering humorless bore that he is, and rides him mercilessly (he admits he cannot help himself, that he's driven to mock Zampanò, even at his own peril). Gelsomina seems a cross between Harpo Marx and Lucille Ball, all exaggerated facial expressions and wide eyes (the term "Chaplin-esqe" has also been used to describe her). Anthony Quinn's Zampanò is the beastlike man, slow-witted and perpetually angry, and yet the entire world seemingly revolves around him, or at least answers to his beck and call. Il Matto is just as mean to Gelsomina as Zampanò is, but his viciousness is less potent. Both Zampanò and Il Matto act out in impotence, Il Matto because he feels physically inferior and Zampanò because he feels mentally inferior. They're two opposing forces who must always fight one another. The film's title translates into "the road" in english, and La strada is definitely a journey. It represents the journey into adulthood where we destroy our childish things. We can't run away from life forever, eventually the road comes to an end.