Study Guide

A View from the Bridge Dreams, Hopes, and Plans

By Arthur Miller

Dreams, Hopes, and Plans

Beatrice: "You'll see, you'll get a blessing for this!" (1.76)

Hmm…doesn't really turn out that way.

Eddie: "You'll never get nowheres unless you finish school." (1.89)

Education is equated with hope in the world of the play.

Catherine: "It ain't exactly a secretary, it's a stenographer first, but pretty soon you get to be secretary." (1.93)

Is this Catherine's big dream or the one Eddie created for her?

Eddie: "I want you to be with a different kind of people. […] if you're gonna get outa here then get out; don't go practically in the same kind of neighborhood." (1.119)

See, Eddie isn't all bad. It seems like he honestly does dream of a better life for his niece.

Rodolpho: "Me, I want to be an American. And then I want to back to Italy when I am rich, and I will buy a motorcycle." (1.281)

Here you see the American Dream wrapped in an Italian one.

Marco: "When you have no wife, you have dreams." (1.287)

Is this always true? Do you have to give up your dreams when you get married?

Alfieri: "Eddie Carbone had never expected to have a destiny." (1.326)

Eddie gave away any real hopes for himself. He only dreams of Catherine's future.

Rodolpho: "I would be a criminal stealing your face. In two years you would have an old, hungry face." (1.33)

Rodolfo twists Catherine's hopes of running away to Italy into a nightmare.

Rodolpho: "Once I am a citizen […] I would start to be something wonderful here!" (2.35)

Here you go, folks, a classic example of pure unadulterated American Dream.

Catherine: "Cause I always dreamt that when I got married, he would be happy at the wedding, and laughin." (2.50)

Every character in the play has a dream that's destroyed.