A view from the bridge is a play written by Arthur miller.
On the 17th October 1915 miller was born in New York City, Also his dad was a very successful business man. In 1929 family business failed because of the financial crash. Miller was a confident and reliable child. He was really interested into reading and academics. Although, he was interested in academics in his final year of school, it’s too late to make the grade to be accepted into college. Miller started to work after high school, as a longshoreman.
In 1934 miller was finally accepted into Michigan, he was studying journalism, in 1947 whilst researching the disappearance of a longshoreman who worked on the water front at red hook Brooklyn. He was inspired to write the play “a view from the bridge”. Miller was told about another longshoreman who informed the immigration bureau about two of his own relatives, breaking the code of conduct.
Miller wrote two versions of the play. He wrote the first version in 1955, followed by a reworked second version which was performed a year later. He worked two years in Brooklyn navy yards and he experienced first-hand the daily lives of the Italian workers. Their struggle to compete for jobs everyday he saw that it was a humiliating system and open corruption, as if the usual rules of Americans society did not apply there.The American have been observing an event from privileged and distanced locations, viewing the practice of an unfamiliar world. Miller was asked to testify before the house un-American activities commit in 1956. Miller did not snitch. McCarthy held a trial looking for people who were communist sympathisers.
Miller wrote “ A view from the bridge” because he saw a graffiti on the wall “where is Pete Panto” then he started to investigate who is Pete Panto then he found out that Pete Panto is a Italian immigrant who snitched on his own family and therefore he was murdered by the Italian mafias.
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