All My Sons - Wikipedia
a callous thing. Meanwhile, Karen McDonald's Kate Keller provided . Uncertain of his mother's reaction to his relationship with An wipes away her she gives her husband after his "All my sons," speech before going into the house to of All My Sons was an emotionally moving presentation of Arthur Miller's powerful play. Chris Keller and Ann Deever grew up as next door neighbors, their houses were side by side on the same block. When they were younger, Ann was Chris's. All My Sons is a play by Arthur Miller. It opened on Broadway at the Coronet Theatre in . She had a relationship with Larry Keller before his disappearance, and has since moved on because she knows the truth of his George insists his sister Ann cannot marry Chris Keller, son of the man who destroyed the Deevers.
In a game, Bert brings up the word "jail", making Kate react sharply. When Ann arrives, it is revealed that her father, Steve Deever, is in prison for selling cracked cylinder heads to the Air Force, causing the deaths of 21 pilots in plane crashes.
Joe was his partner but was exonerated of the crime. Ann admits that neither she nor her brother keep in touch with their father any more and wonders aloud whether a faulty engine was responsible for Larry's death. After a heated argument, Chris breaks in and later proposes to Ann, who accepts. Chris also reveals that, while leading a company, he lost all his men and is experiencing survivor's guilt. Meanwhile, Joe receives a phone call from George, Ann's brother, who is coming there to settle something.
Their next door neighbor Sue emerges, revealing that everyone on the block thinks Joe is equally guilty of the crime of supplying faulty aircraft engines. Shortly afterwards, George Deever arrives and reveals that he has just visited the prison to see his father Steve. The latter has confirmed that Joe told him by phone to cover up the cracked cylinders and to send them out, and later gave a false promise to Steve that he would account for the shipment on the day of arrest.
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George insists his sister Ann cannot marry Chris Keller, son of the man who destroyed the Deevers. Meanwhile, Frank announces his horoscope, implying that Larry is alive, which is just what Kate wants to hear.
Joe maintains that on the fateful day of dispatch, the flu laid him up, but Kate reveals that Joe has not been sick in fifteen years. Despite George's protests, Ann sends him away. When Kate dismally claims to Chris still intent on marrying Ann that moving on from Larry will be forsaking Joe as a murderer, Chris concludes that George was right. Joe, out of excuses, explains that he sent out the cracked airheads to avoid closure, intending to notify the base later that they needed repairs.
However, when the fleet crashed and made headlines, he lied to Steve and left him at the shop for arrest. Chris cannot accept this, and roars despairingly that he is torn about what to do with his father now. 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. 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. 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. Brown wants to give us a paradigmatic Miller drama of middle-class parents and children, a household consumed by guilt and betrayals and unacknowledged grievances, rather than the gloss on Ibsen that the author at his most high-minded strains to achieve.
When the acting is good - as it generally is, with one crucial, damaging exception - the payoff is more absorbing than many may expect from a play often catalogued as a postwar warhorse.
This is especially so in the moving later scenes, in which Richard Kiley, as the corrupt Keller, must stand spiritually naked before his once-idealistic, now disillusioned son, Chris Jamey Sheridan. Maybe the Joe-Chris confrontations do look like warm-ups for the roof-raisers between Willy and Biff in the subsequent ''Death of a Salesman,'' but they still have a raw power of their own.
Kiley's Keller, a once-pompous Babbitt whose pathetic, last-ditch rationalization of his greed rises like bile from deep within. Not long before, Mr. Sheridan's red-faced Chris has all but incinerated himself with rage and grief, as he belatedly realizes that his father is not the man he worshipfully thought he was, indeed is ''not even an animal.
This is true of the impressive Mr. Sheridan, who makes the grown-up Eagle Scout of a son intelligent and sexy, and also of Christopher Curry and Jayne Atkinson, who sensitively flesh out the angry and naive adult children of the partner whom Keller stuck with the blame and prison sentence for his crime. Kiley - an owlish figure these days, with that resonant voice as finely shaded as ever - finds something human in the patriarch as well.
The actor's myopic gaze and only half-mournful delivery of the line reveal the disoriented conscience of a man unable to make the connection between his own loss and the wreckage he cavalierly inflicted on others. As Harold Clurman once wrote, the real villain of ''All My Sons'' is not the father in any case - or, for that matter, the capitalist ''system'' that produces war profiteers. The fulcrum of the play is instead the mother, Kate Keller, a far more fascinating creation than Linda Loman in ''Salesman'' and a much fuller version of the mothers who bully the tycoon fathers in Mr.
This matriarch redeems both Clurman's and Mr.
Brown's faith in ''All My Sons'' as more than mere agitprop. How one wishes that Joyce Ebert's performance matched Mr.