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- Full Title: A View from the Bridge
- When Written: 1955
- Where Written: Roxbury, Connecticut
- When Published: 1955
- Literary Period: Realism
- Genre: Drama
- Setting: Red Hook, Brooklyn, in the 1950s
- Climax: There are in effect two climaxes. Eddie’s conflicting desires come to a climax when he grabs Catherine and kisses her in front of Rodolpho, and then immediately kisses Rodolpho in front of Catherine. But the matters of personal honor and justice come to a head at the end of the play, when Marco and Eddie confront each other and fight, and Marco ends up killing Eddie.
- Antagonist: Eddie is the antagonist to most of the other characters and even to himself, as he is harmed by his own confused desires and behavior.
Two Acts. Miller originally wrote A View from the Bridge as a one-act play, and the production was not very popular. After this, Miller revised the play, adding a second act, and it is this more successful version that most contemporary readers and audiences know.