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All My Sons

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on 16 January 2013

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All My Sons All My Son's on Broadway Flyer Arthur Miller and his wife Marily Monroe Symbolism Arthur Miller Themes By the time Arthur Miller died in 2005 at the age of 89, he had written more than two dozen plays over the course of a career that lasted almost 70 years. Also he is best remembered for standouts such as Death of a Salesman, All My Sons, and The Crucible, every play Miller wrote was created with the same goal; to make the world a better place, even if it meant as he once said, "grabbing people and shaking them by the back of the neck."Arthur Miller started writing All My Sons in 1945, inspired by World War II and the true-life story (told to him by his stepmother) of a woman who alerted authorities to her father's wartime wrong-doing. All My Sons was one of Miller's earliest plays, and his first commercially successful one; And it features the ideas of social responsibility that he obsessed with throughout his entire career. Miller was a relentless critic of America, mainly because he believed so passionately in its promise. Plus he not only changed American theater, but he also changed America. Joe Keller, a successful businessman, lives comfortably with his wife, Kate, and son, Chris, in a suburban American neighborhood. They have only one sadness in their lives; the loss of their other son Larry, who went missing in World War II. After three years, Kate still clings to the hope that her son is alive. Chris would like her to give up that hope because he wants to marry Ann, an old neighbor and Larry's former fiancee. Ann arrives; Kate, sensing the reason for her visit gets a little touchy.We also learn that Ann's father is in prison for a crime he committed while working in Joe's factory. Faced with a batch of defective machine parts, he patched them and sent them out, causing the death of 21 pilots during the war. Turns out that Joe was also accused of this crime and convicted, but he was set free during the appeal. Steve went to prison; Joe returned home and made his business bigger and better. Plus George (Ann's brother) arrives shortly after her and is against her marrying Chris but Ann ends up sending him away because Ann wants to marry Chris no matter what. Although when the marriage becomes a reality; Kate can't handle it, because it means Larry is truly dead. And if Larry is dead, she tells Chris, it's because his own father killed him, since Larry was also a pilot. Chris finally confronts his father's guilt in shipping those defective parts. But Chris won't do anything about it. He won't even ask his father to go to prison. Ann, who turned her back on her own father for the same reason, insists that Chris take a hard line. Joe Keller goes inside to get his things; A gunshot is heard and he had killed himself. Lies and Deceit Larry's Tree- built as a memorial when he didn't return from World War II. It's a polarizing fixture of the Keller's backyard, and a symbol of the complex attachment characters have to Larry's memory. Kate is relieved when lightning strikes it down, a sign that Larry is still alive, that they tried to bury him too soon. by: Arthur Miller Summary of "All My Sons" Everyone is a liar in All My Sons. Joe Keller lies to his sons and his neighbors about a crime that killed 21 American pilots and sent his partner to prison. His wife Kate keeps quiet about it too. Although it turns out everyone knows everyone's lying. Courage In a post-war play like All My Sons, courage is an important theme. The characters have different pictures of what courage looks like. For Joe Keller, it's a fierce protection of his family. Joe's son Chris thinks of courage as self-sacrifice, at war and at home. For Chris's fiancee Ann, courage means perseverance: leaving the wreckage of the Keller family with the one thing she wants, a husband. Also Joe Keller's suicide – raises a question of courage. Is his suicide a brave apology or ultimate cowardice? Jail- In Act 1, neighborhood kid Bert asks Joe to arrest another boy for saying a bad word. Joe has given out that he has a jail in his basement. It's all fun and games until Kate comes in, angry, and tells them to cut it out. However it turns out that this jail game is one of the ways Joe has charmed the community into turning a blind eye to his crime.
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