Miller's plays, on the other hand, are public works, with straightforward though not unpoetic language, and which address issues of the individual's public persona and how people act. Each character follows their own misguided thoughts and emotions. Joe appears to have achieved the American Dream. GradeSaver, 26 August 2006 Web. Suggested Response: See the Helpful Background section on. One could say that the problem was to make a fact of morality, but it is more precise, I think, to say that the structure of the play is designed to bring a man into the direct path of the consequences he has wrought.
They can create satisfying exchanges of ideas and feelings and find a way to increase inner strength and fulfillment in each other. Arthur Miller's All My Sons is a perfect example of a literary work that builds up to, and then reaches, an ending that simultaneously satisfies the reader's expectations and brings all the play's themes to a dramatic conclusion. Chris, however, has not lost all his affection for his father. One way for Larry to strike back at his father was his own death. Her compromise was to ally herself with the Keller family, and later the son of the man who had tried to throw all the blame on her father.
Steve, here and elsewhere, is described as a man who seems to know right from wrong, but is too nervous to stand up for what he believes in, especially in the face of the overwhelming pressure that Joe seemed capable of asserting within the company. At the end of the play Chris realizes that Joe is a flawed man who has committed criminal acts. His father owned a coat manufacturing company and the family led a comfortable life until the stock market crash of 1929. Dillingham, Emery University Quarterly Vol. His father was an uneducated miner and his mother had been a schoolteacher before she married.
Mother says that if Annie is still single, that means that she has been waiting for Larry, and they dare not take her faith away. Suggested Response: Because if Larry had died, she would have to face the fact that her husband's crime had contributed to her son's death. . He doesn't want his name put on the business, and professes to dislike it. Larry's suicide is perhaps the most radical rejection of his father's family-obsessed ideals that anyone could design. Whatever the definition, the American Dream does not include cheating or hurting others in order to become wealthy.
They have a false sense of invincibility. Although these novels are different they have many similarities between the three of them through this theme and how it has affected each character by an event that has occurred in the novels. He has a job with his father's business and, not being married, he lives at home. Chris won't report his father, but he will deny his father the fruits of the crime. Ann is surprised that Keller does not hold any grudges against her father, even though her father had tried to blame the whole thing on him.
He had to decide whether or not to ship defective parts. He totally destroyed his reputation. Suggested Response: He defrauded the U. He caused the deaths of 21 men. I had two sons, now I got one.
Later in the play, Joe suggests to Mother that if he offered to go to prison, surely Chris wouldn't demand that he go. However, the convicted was overturned on appeal and Miller was acquitted. Joe goes inside, leaving Chris and Annie alone. The work of Ibsen influenced All My Sons structurally as well, for Ibsen had liberally applied the principle of Greek theater that stresses the influence of the past on the present. Her escape from her bondage is her death. After all, he did what he had to do to protect his family and the 40 years he had put into the business. The risk was a contempt citation and a prison sentence.
The community does not undergo economic deprivation, instead it suffers from a cynicism that allows it to accept Joe Keller as a pillar of the community while it knows that he pulled a fast one to avoid being punished for causing the deaths of 21 pilots. Then she can grieve for her son and put his memory to rest. In classic Greek tragedy, the community suffers when the hero has a flaw and is not in sync with the powers of the universe. Chris exits to get her some aspirin, and Mother asks Keller if Chris intends to propose to Annie. Sue Bayliss sees this clearly.
This list is by no means exhaustive. It shows man struggling with his fate. But there is resentment beneath the surface of their contented existence, resentment that reflects more than just grief at the loss of a son. If students are reading the play, teachers might want to print the questions on paper and give them to the students. All My Sons Summary All My Sons, Arthur Miller's first commercially successful play, opened at the Coronet Theatre in New York on January 29, 1947.
In fact, it is Joe who is the fearful one: fearful of losing his business; fearful of exposure; and afraid to face the consequences of his actions. Both Oedipus and Joe Keller commit crimes many years before the play opens and they are destroyed as a result. Entire books have been written about it. This is one of Miller's indictments of society as a whole. Suggested Response: The basic structure of a Greek tragedy is as follows: The main character does something that is contrary to the moral order of the universe.