What the hell do you think I was thinking of, the Goddamn business? Rather, she has waited for his brother Chris to step forward and take Larry's place in her heart. Yet George is easily disarmed by Keller's good humor, and his own convictions about his father's innocence are almost undermined by his awareness of his father's other faults and weaknesses. We get to see so much of it. There is clearly an element of villainy in Joe Keller but like most villains, he is not all bad. While Joe reads the want ads in the newspaper, however, Chris reads the book section. Joe's excuse, he was afraid he would lose his business, is no reason to put the lives of others in danger.
Steve is currently in jail since he took the fall for the bad airplane parts that Joe Keller knowingly delivered to the military. Sue : Everybody knows Joe pulled a fast one to get out of jail. All My Sons, a three-act play written by Miller in 1947, is one of his best-known works. He's afraid of his mother and won't be honest about his intentions with Ann. Sue Bayliss Jim's wife Sue put her husband through medical school, and she expects more than gratitude in return. Not quite a mansion, it is nevertheless roomy and in its way elegant, of Victorian vintage or nearly so.
But he was not working alone. The action, consisting mostly of people either arguing with one another, lying, or expressing strong emotions, like love and hate, is very well presented and framed within the various settings. Joe does not understand why his family is turning on him, since anything he did was done to support his family financially. In many ways, Chris is the most admirable character in the play. I want to know what you did, now what did you do? Act I introduces Joe and Kate Keller and their two sons, Larry and Chris. Ann reveals to the Kellers that Larry sent her a letter before he disappeared detailing his plans to kill himself, also because of his father's crime and the death of so many soldiers.
Sue : I resent living next door to the Holy Family. Jim Bayliss The neighborhood doctor, Jim is a good man who believes in the duty of one man to help another, but he at the same time acknowledges a man's responsibility to his family. Everything in the house seems heavy and solid, nailed down, as it were, as if this way of life was going to go on forever. Meanwhile, Kate Keller believes that Larry is still alive, and she does not want her other son, Chris, to marry Ann, because in her mind Ann is still Larry's girl. Steve is pissed off Chris : He'll need a lot of bullets.
Major characters in the play are the Kellers and the Deevers. Suggested Response: To assess the ethics of a potential action, put yourself in the shoes of the other people who will be affected by what you intend to do and apply the Golden Rule. Perhaps part of him knows that telling her will unleash some fury he wants no part of. Keller : I had two sons, now I got one. Explain to me how you do it? However, after finally visiting in father in prison, he now believes that Keller was in fact primarily responsible for the death of the pilots and that his father Steve Deever should not be the only one in jail. Lesson Summary Written in 1947 by Arthur Miller, All My Sons is a moving three-act play about a man, Joe Keller, who tries to provide for his sons, but ends up destroying not just his own family but many other families in the process. Chris always suspected his father and now can't bear the thought that there is nothing he can do to bring back the soldiers that died because of what his father did.
Kate asks one of their neighbors, Frank, to look up Larry's horoscope for the day he went missing. A good answer will also note that even during the play Joe is still actively trying to throw the blame onto Steve. Ann Deever The beautiful Ann has not become attached to a new man since her beau Larry died in the war, but this is not through lack of suitors. There's a cockiness to Robinson which, though quite charming in certain roles, works against pathos or sympathy of any kind. Finally, Chris, like so many other young men, idealizes his father. She holds onto the belief that her son lives because if he perished during the war, then she believes her husband is responsible for her son's death. A heavy man of stolid mind and build when referring to Keller.
Now Chris and Ann are dating, and Chris proposes to Ann during the play. Why'd you ship them out in the first place? Gradually, she came to terms with Larry's death, eventually finding renewal and love in Larry's younger brother, Chris. Ann's brother George arrives and stays for dinner. Joe Keller has been running a successful factory for decades. But not his father, not his brother.
Sue considers Chris a dangerous influence on her husband because of his belief in doing good. If I have to grub for money all day long at least at evening I want it beautiful. As mentioned above, Ann is in an emotionally fragile situation. When Chris comes back hours later, he tells Ann he is going to move to Cleveland without her. Dillingham, Emery University Quarterly Vol.