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He lives peacefully with his wife Kate and his son Chris, but had another son Joe Keller was a war profiteer during the war, and with his business wealth even if it comes at the cost of relationships and betrays the nation. The relationship between father and son in literature takes on Examining the confrontation between Joe and Chris in All My Sons, we notice. The relationship between father and son is explored in 'All my Sons', what did exploration of the father and son relationship between Joe Keller and Chris.
Act III[ edit ] Chris has gone missing. Reluctantly accepting the ubiquitous accusations, Kate says that, should Chris return, Joe must express willingness to go to prison in hope that Chris will relent.
As he only sought to make money at the insistence of his family, Joe is adamant that their relationship is above the law. Soon after, Ann emerges and expresses intent to leave with Chris regardless of Kate's disdain.
When Kate angrily refuses again, Ann reveals to Kate a letter from Larry. She had not wanted to share it, but knows that Kate must face reality.
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Chris returns, and is torn about whether to bring Joe in himself, knowing it doesn't erase the death of his fellow soldiers or absolve the world of its natural merciless state. When Joe returns and refutes his guilt on account of his life's accomplishments, his son wearily responds, "I know you're no worse than other men, but I thought you were better.
I never saw you as a man I saw you as my father. With this final blow, Joe finally agrees to turn himself in, goes inside to get his coat but then kills himself with a gunshot. At the end, when Chris expresses remorse in spite of his resolve, Kate tells him not to blame him and to live onward. Timeline[ edit ] The precise date of events in the play are unclear.
However it is possible to construct a timeline of All My Sons using the dialogue. The action takes place in Augustin Midwestern United States with the main story taking place on a Sunday morning over the following 24 hours. After 21 pilots crash, Joe and Steve are arrested November 25, Having read about his father's arrest, Larry crashes his plane off the coast of China Larry's memorial blows down Augustthe same Sunday morning: Ann arrives at the Keller home Augustthe same Sunday morning: George visits Steve in prison opening Links to Greek tragedy[ edit ] This section does not cite any sources.
Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. In these plays the tragic hero or protagonist will commit an offense, often unknowingly, which will return to haunt him, sometimes many years later.
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The play encapsulates all the fallout from the offense into a hour time span. During that day, the protagonist must learn his fate and suffer as a result, and perhaps even die. In this way the gods are shown to be just and moral order is restored. In All My Sons, these elements are all present; it takes place within a hour period, has a protagonist suffering from a previous offense, and the punishment for that offense. Additionally, it explores the father-son relationship, also a common theme in Greek tragedies.
Ann Deever could also be seen to parallel a messenger as her letter is proof of Larry's death. In Joe Keller, Arthur Miller creates just a representative type. Joe is a very ordinary man, decent, hard-working and charitable, a man no one could dislike. But, like the protagonist of the ancient drama, he has a flaw or weakness. This, in turn, causes him to act wrongly. He is forced to accept responsibility — his suicide is necessary to restore the moral order of the universe, and allows his son, Chris, to live free from guilt and persecution.
Arthur Miller quotation on All My Sons[ edit ] In his Collected Plays, Miller commented on his feelings on watching an audience's reaction to a performance of his first successful play: The success of a play, especially one's first success, is somewhat like pushing against a door which suddenly opens from the other side.
One may fall on one's face or not, but certainly a new room is opened that was always securely shut until then. For myself, the experience was invigorating. It made it possible to dream of daring more and risking more. The audience sat in silence before the unwinding of All My Sons and gasped when they should have, and I tasted that power which is reserved, I imagine, for playwrights, which is to know that by one's invented a mass of strangers has been publicly transfixed.
It was produced by Jay H. Fuchs and Steven Warnick in association with Charles Patsos. This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. July Learn how and when to remove this template message A Broadway revival began previews on the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on September 18,and officially opened on October 16, The limited engagement ran through until January 4, It was directed by Simon McBurney.
According to his biography, McBurney's "work on the production of All My Sons grew out of a meeting with Arthur Miller inshortly after the playwright saw the New York premiere of Mnemonic. Suchet played Joe Keller and Wanamaker played his wife Kate. The show ran from May until September 11, ;  one performance was captured live and can be viewed online. Shell played Joe Keller and Croll played his wife Kate. The tour started in February and ran until April 25, Tracy Letts and Annette Bening will star in the revival.
Robinson played Joe Keller.
The play was adapted by S. Barnett and, in an interesting twist, featured the character of Steve Deever in a speaking role.
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John as Ann Deever. This version is more faithful to Arthur Miller's original play than the film version. This is another motif running throughout the play: Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations Joe is nervous about how this news will affect Kate, and he refuses to tell Chris, in a straightforward manner, how he feels about Chris marrying Annie—Joe is primarily worried that the news will cause Kate distress.
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But Chris has also benefitted a great deal from the financial success of Keller, Inc. Active Themes At the high point of their argument, Chris threatens to marry Annie and run away to New York City—where Annie currently lives—in order to start a new, married life there.
Joe is shocked that Chris would consider giving up the family business, one that Joe has worked hard to build up and hand over, eventually, to his son. Without their argument being resolved, Kate walks outside and sees them talking; interrupting, she asks Joe if he threw out a bag of potatoes in the kitchen, and Joe admits that he did, by accident. Annie and George both escape to New York in order to obtain some anonymity, following the trial that put their father, Steve, in jail, and ruined the family name in the small town.
Active Themes Joe grumbles about needing a maid around the house to help his wife, and Kate reminds Joe that they have a maid, and that today is her day off.
Joe sits off to the side, and Chris helps Kate peel green beans for dinner.
But Kate also says she likes the fact that Annie has not moved on from Larry and gotten married. Kate complains that many women whose husbands or boyfriends died in the war wasted no time in finding new spouses. To Kate, it is important that everyone else in her life maintain at least the semblance of waiting for Larry to return. This means that Annie cannot move on in any way from Larry—certainly not by marrying Chris—and that Chris, too, and Joe must expect Larry to burst through the door at any moment.
Through Kate the play is suggesting that America too, despite its post-war material wealth, is still suffering from all the absences caused by the war. Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations Chris becomes upset with his mother, indicating to her that, perhaps, Annie is no longer mourning Larry, and that she has waited to get married for other reasons. But Kate will have none of that.
She instead tells Chris about her dream of the previous night, the dream that caused her to go outside. In it, she was up in the air with Larry, but Larry began falling rapidly toward earth, and as Kate ran outside to catch him, she saw his tree cut in half by the wind. Kate asks Chris to fetch her aspirin, instead of answering him directly, and turns to Joe, still in the yard, asking Joe why Annie has come to visit.
Joe claims he has no more information about it than Kate does, but Kate realizes Chris wants to marry Annie, and says she will not permit it: Another important through-line running in the play—the idea that members of the family pretend not to know what they do, in fact, know deep down. Kate, here, indicates to Joe that she understands why Annie has come to visit—she wants to marry Chris—even though Kate pretends to all those assembled that she has no idea what Annie could want with the Keller family.
Active Themes Kate reminds Joe of the other Americans presumed lost in the war who have returned home, but Joe says the chances of Larry returning are very slim. Kate still believes, or wants to believe, that Annie, too, is waiting for Larry to return. As the two are talking, Bert comes back to report to Joe on his sweep of the neighborhood, and asks again to see the jail in the Keller cellar, but Kate snaps at Bert, claiming there is no jail there.
In their very insistence that Joe has nothing to hide, Kate and Joe make it seem, quite naturally for the audience, that in fact Joe does have something he needs to explain—it will be revealed that this has to do with Steve and the manufacturing fiasco that placed him in prison.
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