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A View from the Bridge: A Play in Two Acts

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  10,389 ratings  ·  491 reviews
Arthur ​Miller számos olyan kritikus hangvételű vagy mély gondolatokat tartalmazó esszét, cikket és tanulmányt írt, amelyekkel ugyanolyan mély hatást gyakorol olvasóira, mint darabjaival a színházak közönségére. E kötetben korábban kiadatlan – esetenként önéletrajz jellegű – munkáit gyűjtöttük össze, amelyek világosan, drámai kegyetlenséggel, időnként mérnöki precizitással ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published July 28th 1977 by Penguin Books (first published 1955)
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Matthew I would add to what afton hourigan said that the title also refers to the lawyer, Alfieri who narrates the play. He speaks to both Eddie and Marco and…moreI would add to what afton hourigan said that the title also refers to the lawyer, Alfieri who narrates the play. He speaks to both Eddie and Marco and might be said to be a bridge between the characters. We see the play from his view.(less)
Stephen Sanders He doesn’t. In the script, the Italian immigrants appear to speak in standard, though relatively simple, English, while the Italian-American Brooklyni…moreHe doesn’t. In the script, the Italian immigrants appear to speak in standard, though relatively simple, English, while the Italian-American Brooklynites speak in realistic dialect for the locale and period. In a staged production the director would decide how to portray the immigrant characters’ accents. (less)

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Miller wrote over three dozen stage plays in his career and this one is considered to be in the top four or five. It first premiered unsuccessfully on Broadway in 1955 as a one act play. So Miller rewrote it as a two act play which premiered in London's West End in 1956. It's a tragic play set in 1950's New York City in an Italian American neighborhood in view of the Brooklyn Bridge. It's a story of family, love, jealousy, prejudice, immigration, all themes that still ring familiar with todays a ...more
David Schaafsma
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plays
Arthur Miller’s 1955 A View From the Bridge has the feeling of a Greek tragedy, but it’s set in working-class 1950s Brooklyn, in the Red Hook neighborhood with “a view from the bridge.” I heard it (again) this past couple days in an audiotaped version by the LA Theater Works, starring Ed O’Neill as longshoreman Eddie Carbone, who is married to Beatrice and also raising his eighteen-year old orphaned niece Catherine. The tale is in part narrated in the style of a Greek chorus by lawyer Alfieri, w ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Just remember kid, you can quicker get back a million dollars that was stole than a word that you gave away."

....A lawyer narrates and advises characters in this tragic classic play of the 1950's set in a tenement not far from the Brooklyn Bridge.

....All is well with longshoreman Uncle Eddie, kind-hearted Aunt Beatrice and live-in niece Catherine....until the secret guests from Italy arrive and Uncle Eddie turns from generous and welcoming to jealous, difficult and self-serving resulting in di

Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it

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 a
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BBC Radio Listeners
Recommended to Bettie by: Laura

Description: Martin Jarvis directs Arthur Miller's 1955 award-winning masterpiece. Recorded specially in the US for Drama On 3. Alfred Molina leads an all-star American cast. Universal themes of family, guilt, loyalty, sexual attraction, jealousy - and love - in a powerful story about illegal immigration that still resonates to our time 60 years later.

Miller's finest play. Italian-American neighbourhood near the Brooklyn Bridge, New York. 1950s.

Lawyer Alfi
Dannii Elle
It was only while half the way through this that I realized that I had actually read this once before, whilst in school. I can remember detesting this after my first read as it felt like a pointless story that took the reader nowhere. My second read has unveiled so much that I missed the first time! Perhaps it was my lack of maturity, but I definitely did not appreciate the complexities that were packed into this short tale. The nuances of human emotion and the focus on the human condition are s ...more
Anna Fhaumnuaypol
I can't believe I just rated a school book read for academic purposes 5 stars. I first read it in class with my English teacher, I found it super boring and uninteresting. However, now that I have to revise it for my finals, I really took it seriously and read it in depth. I found out how this play fully captures me for the whole time reading and analyzing it. The characters, their struggles and problems are so easy to relate to.

Eddie and his hard-working life as a longshoreman who is a tragic
Jul 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Strange yet simple this story was not in the least amusing. I found it rather disturbing to be told the story of Eddie Carbone in such a manner, so I can only imagine the reaction I would have had if I had gone to the theatre to see it being enacted in front of my eyes. The appalling undertones in the play are the first thing I would like to draw attention to.

Homosexuality is ridiculed, I agree. But more importantly feminity is explicitly laughed at through out, even discouraged. The fact that C
Melissa Palumbos
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Arthur Miller is worthy of worship.
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre
A good little family drama set in Brooklyn in the 1950's. It didn't blow me away but I did enjoy it.
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
A View from the Bridge, describes the upheaval in the home of Eddie Carbone, a career longshoreman who lives with his wife, Beatrice , and her niece, Catherine , who has just been offered a secretarial job when the play begins. Conflict arrives in the bodies of Marco and Rodolpho, Beatrice’s cousins, newly arrived from Italy. The pressure that has been building in the household - as Eddie jealously disapproves of Catherine hanging around the streets in heels and complains that her new skirt is t ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is still just...the best play. Trying to put my thoughts on it into words is essentially impossible, but I'll try anyway: to me, this is the text on American masculinity and violence, on the deep-seated effects of homo- and xenophobia, and of the necessity of an empathetic justice system. Seeing A View from the Bridge live is one of the greatest experiences of my life, one that I will hold onto for a long, long time, but the experience of reading the play, too, and digesting Miller's incisi ...more
Ericka Clouther
A terrifying and tragic play about family dynamics, immigration, law, and the denial of your own sins. I read and saw the play in 2010 when I was actually working on immigration law so I could relate to the aspect of how harsh the law is on both documented and undocumented immigrants.

Broadway: View from the Bridge 2010
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american, men, plays, 2020
eddie, (enveloping her with his eyes): i bless you and you don't talk to me. (he tries to smile.)
only two acts but this play manages to drift through multiple arcs splendidly, being a very fine example of its craft which has left me with a lot to think about.
Shawn Deal
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays
A play about the struggle of letting go, and how bad that can go wrong.
Eileen Ying
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it

This is the second play I've read of Miller's. The first was The Crucible, which I loved. I went into A View from the Bridge with few expectations; I picked it randomly off a library shelf with no knowledge of what it was about or what others thought of it. Honestly, the name Arthur Miller was the only reason I chose to read it.

I'm very glad I did.

The setting of A View from the Bridge is entirely different from that of The Crucible. The latter, as most of you probably know, takes place in P
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, theatre, plays
I was not ready for the ending and how much I related to the protagonist. It's a little creepy but in a sweet 'I've been brainwashed' kind of way.

Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Along with Of Mice And Men and King Lear, I was required to read A View From The Bridge for school so my views towards it were perhaps already a little tainted before I started it, as there were other books I would have preferred to have been reading.

The play follows Eddie Carbone, a family man of Italian descent living in New York with his wife Beatrice and her niece, Catherine. When Beatrice's cousins, Marco and Rodolfo move in with them, seeking refuge as illegal immigrants, the problems are
Marlena Urban
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arthur Miller is quickly becoming a favorite.
Again, it is impossible to fully appreciate A View from the Bridge if you haven't seen it performed. After all, a play is written for that exact reason, to be performed. I watched a screening of A View from the Bridge performed at the Young Vic, directed by Ivo van Hove.
My favorite thing about this play is the amazing character development. By the end of it, the characters have completely evolved into other people. The loss of innocence and trust is
Shruti Ghosh
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"A View from the Bridge" is a gritty and edged depiction of frayed and delicate familial relationships as underlying tensions erupt when Eddie Carbonne, a Brooklyn longshoreman has to harbour two undocumented Italian immigrants, his wife's cousins in his house for a few months. This ferments an unwanted relationship between one of the Italians, Rudolpho and his niece, a naive 18-year-old Catherine whom Eddie has an undeclared obsession for. Situations become strained and more difficult between C ...more
Mar 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This play is my second dip into Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman was naturally the first), and in both plays he has a wonderful way of melding the structure of a Greek play with the "everyman" in a modern-day setting. Alfieri, an attorney, is the narrator of this play and takes on the role of the Greek chorus, explaining to the audience/reader what is happening and giving a voice to moral and social mores of the time. And in true classic form, Alfieri ends the play by giving us a bit of advice ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
I started reading this play immediately after reading Pinter's The Birthday Party. Although they are different kettles of fish, both plays revolve around the arrival of two male outsiders into a domestic setting and the tragic events which follow.

Although I really enjoyed the Pinter, my one gripe was how the young female character Lulu is not at all complex. She seems to exist solely to illustrate the men's cruelty. I was hoping the same wouldn't be true of the character Catherine in this play.
A tragedy of self-deception, love, letting go.
Mared Owen
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, favourites, play
(orginially 4.5*)

What a tragedy- what a mess! Definitely looking forward to studying this in detail, because I feel like reading this once and rating it immediately doesn't do justice to this masterpiece. I know that I missed a lot reading it for the first time round so yes, as I said, a lot of potential for further study!


As I suspected, I'm enjoying studying this play more than actually reading it!

edit 19.05.16: ha it's actually quite hilarious how obsessed I am with this play now. After se
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amazingly, I had never read, nor seen a production of, this play before now, although I knew the basic outlines of the plot. The impetus behind my catching up was all the hoopla over the current van Hove production, which made me interested in seeing what I'd missed. It's a pretty standard 50's melodrama, although the characters are all sharply etched, and the specifics (unconscious incest/homosexuality) must have seemed somewhat shocking for the time.
This was a play I have to study for my GCSE English course, which include lots of good literature. I have never before read a play by Miller, nor read a play where I have been uncomfortable throughout my reading experience. I hated absolutely all the characters, excluding Alfieri, which I won't go into now. They all had it coming from them. That is, briefly, why I loved it.
Kent Winward
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Miller manages to cover immigration, legal theory, sexual obsession, culture clash, homosexual baiting, and marital discord powerfully and subtlety simultaneously. The emotions run high, but the words run over the surface of much deeper conflicts. Masterful.
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Arthur Asher Miller was an American playwright and essayist. He was a prominent figure in American literature and cinema for over 61 years, writing a wide variety of plays, including celebrated plays such as The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, and Death of a Salesman, which are still studied and performed worldwide. Miller was often in the public eye, most famously for refusing to g ...more

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