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A View From the Bridge. by Arthur Miller

A View From the Bridge. (original 1955; edition 1998)

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Title:A View From the Bridge.
Authors:Arthur Miller
Other authors:Arthur Miller
Info:Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (1998), Paperback, 72 pages
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A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller (1955)

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Plays are like poetry in their economy of words. By necessity, plays pack a tremendous amount of character development and tension into a mere couple hours of dialogue. This is certainly true with Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge.

Miller first heard the story of Eddie and his family from a water-front worker and decided to write it as a play. He first wrote it as a "mood experiment" (vii). He "wanted the audience to feel toward it as I had on hearing it for the first time—not so much with heart-wringing sympathy as with wonder" (vii). After a dismal debut which led to a major rewrite, Miller achieved his goal.

This story is full of tension. Imagine the low cello note in the backdrop of a suspense movie. That note builds throughout the play and doesn't relent until the climax. Miller gives us characters and relationships of psychological depth.

This play is a study in desire gone wrong. This is human nature left to play out its vices. ( )
1 vote StephenBarkley | May 19, 2015 |
Yet another brilliant play from Miller. The protagonist's unnatural love for his niece by marriage acts as a "fatal flaw" and makes this otherwise kind and unremarkable man into a Shakespearean figure. Truly a brilliant play. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 23, 2014 |
While not the best of Miller's works, this piece has merit. It concerns a dock worker and his guests - family members brought in illegally from the old country. When the niece he raised from childhood falls for one of the guests, his anger causes him to violate one of the cardinal rules he himself laid down. This leads to disaster. The plot is well laid out, the narrative is easy to follow, and the characters are well developed. It lacks the punch of some of his better known works, but it is still a worthwhile work. ( )
  quantum_flapdoodle | Apr 18, 2014 |
Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams are two playwrights whose work I really want to read more. This one was solid and I'm more excited for the upcoming auditions now ( )
  davadog13 | Nov 21, 2013 |

Although I didn’t agree with all that Eddie has done but I cant help loving his kindness and generosity with Catherine the daughter of his wife's sister that he adopted after she died
his fault was that he loved Catherine so much.
He says, "I took out of my own mouth to give to her.,I walked hungry plenty days in this city!"
he gave a warm welcome to his wife's Italian cousins(Marco and Rodolpho) when they first arrived. He opened his doors to them,and declared that it was an "honor" to have them at the house .
They are both very gracious for the hospitality. Marco tells Eddie that he has three children and a wife back home that he will be sending money to.....
Rodolpho, the young blonde brother, has no family and intends to stay in the country as long as possible...
Eddie thinks that Rodolpho is untrustworthy...
Eddie becomes jealous of the time he spends with Catherine he was looking for an excuse not to like him he supposes that Rodolfo is gay. the way he sing and dance, the fact that he can sew and cook....!
Eddie tells Catherine that Rodolpho just wants to marry her to become a citizen.....

For me this play raises a question,
Why someone would be generous?is it something he cant control,he is born to be so
And is happy that he helped others and need nothing from them…
Or is it because he can be proud that he has done good.and expecting other to appreciate it,would this person still be generous, when he wanna all the time hear how much those others are grateful for what he had done….
And in return obey his orders even if they are not convinced…

A symbolic action…
Marco challenges Eddie to lift a chair by one its legs with only one of his arms. Eddie can't do it.
Was this Marco's warning to Eddie? Was it a promise of violence, which Marco later
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  ariesblue | Mar 31, 2013 |
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America's greatest playwright weaves "a vivid, crackling, idiomatic psychosexual horror tale." —Frank Rich, The New York Times

In A View from the Bridge Arthur Miller explores the intersection between one man's self-delusion and the brutal trajectory of fate. Eddie Carbone is a Brooklyn longshoreman, a hard-working man whose life has been soothingly predictable. He hasn't counted on the arrival of two of his wife's relatives, illegal immigrants from Italy; nor has he recognized his true feelings for his beautiful niece, Catherine. And in due course, what Eddie doesn't know—about her, about life, about his own heart—will have devastating consequences.

"The play has moments of intense power. . . . Miller plays on the audience with the skill of a master." —Clive Barnes, New York Post

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Tragedy. An Italian warped by jealous love for his wife's niece brings disaster upon himself and two illegal Italian immigrants. 2 acts, 12 men, 3 women, extras, 1 setting.

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