The story of a Brooklyn longshoreman, driven by jealousy and possible repressed homosexual longing, to turn in a pair of illegal immigrants, is unconvincing as a picture of working class life and unserious as a moral-social critique.
Dreiser would burst into tears walking down the street, looking at the faces of people he met. A difficult time in his life, Miller ended a short and turbulent marriage with actress Marilyn Monroe.
It is extraordinary, in fact, that neither The Crucible, A View From the Bridge nor On the Waterfront—the first two, of course, morally far superior to the last—shed the slightest light on the concrete-historical situation in the US, the driving forces of the anticommunist witch-hunt or the roles played by the various social actors.
His second wife, actress Marilyn Monroe —was the model for one of the characters. Miller wrote, were suing a man for libeling them as Communists and had agreed to play the leading roles.
He died of heart failure.
Besides Rebecca, he is survived by the children of his first marriage, Jane and Robert; a sister, Joan Copeland, an actress; and four grandchildren. He established the Arthur Miller Foundation to help young artists.