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Everything you ever wanted to know about Chris Keller in All My Sons, written When Ann says yes to his proposal, Chris tells her he'll make her a fortune. like Joe with his condescending, brotherly reasoning: "That's been your trouble all. 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. Chris's feelings for Ann are meant to come across as extremely pure. He is an idealist (where his father is a pragmatist) and while Ann was.
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.
All My Sons: Character Profiles
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.Director's Cut: All My Sons
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. He is still in prison as a result of being wrongly blamed by Joe Keller for shipping out the faulty parts and causing the death of twenty-one pilots.
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His daughter Ann and son George have cut off all contact with him in disapproval of his supposed crime. When the play opens, however, George has recently visited Steve in prison and has become convinced of his true version of events.
Chris is a major truth-teller in the play, and is supported in this role by Ann.
It takes a certain talent … for lying. You have it, and I do.
But Jim is convinced that Chris will end up compromising his standards, as most people do Act Three: We all come back …. These private little revolutions always die. The compromise is always made. As it turns out, Chris has been compromising for years. He reveals in Act Three that he suspected all along that Joe was guilty of the crime.
He is a prosperous businessman of nearly sixty years of age. He knowingly sent out faulty cylinder heads that resulted in the deaths of twenty-one pilots, and blamed the incident on his deputy manager, Steve Deever. Steve was imprisoned, while Joe escaped censure by lying about his own part in the affair. Joe excuses his crime to himself with the conviction that he did everything for his family, which is his primary concern in life.
He has sacrificed everything, including his duty to society, in order to make money for his family. While he is good-natured, Joe lacks any breadth of depth of vision and sees little beyond his business and household. Joe is not a bad man: As such, he stands as an everyman figure with whom the audience can identify.
A poorly educated man who succeeded because he had a talent for making money, Joe can also be viewed as an embodiment of the American Dream the idea that in America, whatever your background in life, you can become wealthy and successful through hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit.
She knows the truth about the faulty cylinder heads incident, but supports Joe in his deception that he is innocent. Kate in turn is supported by Joe in her self-delusion that one day Larry will return.