His son, Larry, has been missing for about 3 years since he went to fight in the war. I'm his father and he's my son, and if there's something bigger than that I'll put a bullet in my head! See the conversation that he has with George in which he repeats his lies about Steve and very persuasively argues that Steve's conduct in shipping the defective cylinder heads was consistent with other incidents in Steve's life. Some aspects that are going to be touched upon are exposition, plot, characters, theme, personal reaction, and poetics. In this play there is no economic consequence suffered by the community. The statement is also an example of Mother's delusions, because Ann is not waiting for Larry and Mother knows that her acceptance of Chris' invitation indicates this. Sending goosebumps down her spine.
This American dream is what is responsible for what has happened to the Keller's. She essentially lived her life through William and, after his death, through Paul, which in a twist of irony, by doing so she is essentially keeping them in bondage. Atonement requires an apology and the return of ill-gotten gains and working to make up for the wrong you have done, even if it is impossible to do that entirely. This includes showing Larry's letter, with all its devastating effects to Mother, to Chris, and to Joe. The American Dream is the American ideology of self-reliance. Ann is more of a simple character, serving the purpose of the plot but not actually a focus of the plot herself. Traditionally, families suffer stress when a male child grows up and seeks to exercise his power.
Joe's limited interest in the newspapers, he reads only the want-ads, is a symbol of his moral myopia and his failure to understand his connection to the larger community. Something she hasn't done since the defective engine parts were shipped out. Second, in Ancient Greek tragedy the community suffers until the hero learns from his fault or dies. Miller also uses many different effects to make the passage seem suggestive to the audience, whether it be simply through dialogue or even hidden in the stage directions. Ann's showing Larry's letter to her convinces Kate that Larry is dead. She goes to sleep in his room and his memorial breaks in pieces.
Suggested Response: See the response to the preceding question. Describe how Miller sets the scene in the first part of Act I. I plan on furthering the reasons during the rest of this paper. However, the most obvious of them, is mother. Describe how Chris viewed his father at the beginning of the play and how this changed through the course of the play.
Of course, it's not, because Mother insists that Larry is coming back and Ann was Larry's girl. They may have something to hide- possibly a dark secret- or they might feel threatened by the world at large and prefer to keep to themselves. The Dangers of Inaccuracies of Self-Image: This theme relates to another form of denial, the failure to have an accurate view of one's self. He and his wife Sue bought the house formerly owned by Steve Deever and his family; this makes him a neighbor of the Kellers. Jim Bayliss is pretty unhappy about his compromise and it has caused serious strains in his marriage. This lesson dealt with the fact that everyone, no matter what, creates a reality for themselves.
In addition, a number of other important actions have occurred leading up to the events portrayed in the play. When he reads, when he speaks, when he listens, it is with the terrible concentration of the uneducated man for whom there is still wonder in many commonly known things, a man whose judgments must be dredged out of experience and a peasant-like common sense. Mother insists that deep in her heart she must think he is still alive. Chris, however, has not lost all his affection for his father. Mother hated the tree because for her Larry couldn't be dead.
Do you understand me now? The contradictions and suspicions are in the background. However, the most pernicious effect of her refusal to acknowledge the truth is that she opposes her living son, Chris, in his efforts to marry Ann and find happiness. Chris exits to get her some aspirin, and Mother asks Keller if Chris intends to propose to Annie. He feels guilty to make money out of a business. Kate's subconscious makes this revelation even though she has to know that it could destroy what was left of her family. At the end of the play, it turns out that something is bigger than family and Joe Keller puts a bullet tin his head.
Suggested Response: Joe dishonored his obligations as a citizen by knowingly selling defective plane engine parts to the Army. They were called out as being disobedient. Early that morning, during the storm, Chris saw his mother standing outside beside the tree when it cracked. Arthur Miller uses techniques such as characterization, stage directions and a delayed… 894 Words 4 Pages Dramatic Tension in Miller's All My Sons This extract begins with Chris and Ann deciding how they're going to break the news to the Kellers. The time of day follows the progression from complacent normalcy to the dead of night as the darkness resulting from Joe Keller's crime engulfs his family. Each character has a dilemma that they have a tough time getting through. In place of rebuke, they received appreciation from their father for the wrong they did.