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Questions (p. 16-23): 1. Chris invites Annie because he wants to ask her to marry him. 2. Mother believes that Larry is still alive and he is missing in action. 3. Chris work for his father and he doesn't enjoy it, he feels stuck. 4. Mother wants that Joe act (pretend) like Larry is coming back. 5. We know that the Kellers have money because they have a maid. Also because Keller says that they have money: "…Now I got money, and I got a maid…" (p. 20-21). 6. 7. She means that Annie still waiting for Larry. 8. Mother dreamt that Larry is flying above their house, he falling down and calling to her desperately. 9. The tree planted when Larry disappeared - three years ago. 10. Chris wants everybody to forget Larry - Larry is dead. 1. At the beginning of the play, Keller is presented as a man who works hard all his life for his family. He is uneducated but had a common sense, which make him a man among men. 2. The fact that the tree blew down is significant because that was the same day that Annie come and the same week that Larry disappeared. 3. Kate wants to find out whether November 25 is Larry's favorable day. 4. Jim's work made him a little bit of a sad person 5. As a wife, Sue is a jealous, sarcastic woman. 6. Chris thinks his mother should understand that Larry is gone, dead. TrueFalse (p. 24-31): 1. False - Kate doesn't like the "jail game", she thinks that a stupid game. Kate feels like that because Keller was in jail and it reminds her that. 2. True. 3. True. 4. False - Ann says that her parents will live together when her father get out of jail. 5. True. 6. False - Larry has been missing for three and a half years. 7. False - Ann doesn't let Kate...
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added: 02/16/2012
Some people feel the strongest allegiance towards their family and are willing to do or sacrifice anything to protect them while others put their community or nation first. In Arthur Miller's fictional short play, "All my sons", Joe Keller is portrayed as a father who is desperate to keep his family together. During the war he knowingly ships out 120 cracked cylinder heads, crashing 21 P-40 planes, killing 21 soldiers. Although Joe's greatest concern is to protect and preserve his family, he ends up tearing it apart by committing crimes against his family, community, and humanity. Joe made decisions he felt were best for his family and is a good man at heart. His life revolved around his family: "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" (426)! He was willing to do anything for them, even if it meant sacrificing his own life. Joe made the poor decision of sending out cracked cylinder heads with his son's well being in mind: "Chris, I did it for you, it was a chance and I took it for you … when would I have another chance to make something for you" (420)? He wanted to preserve his business to give his sons something to come back to after the war. We also see that Joe has a good heart when he is constantly defending his ex-partner Steve: "…just try to see it human … I know he meant no harm … it ain't murder. You mustn't feel that way about him" (384). He also offers Steve a job after he gets out of jail: "While he's sitting there I want him to know that when he gets out he's got a place waitin' for him" (400). Normally if someone...
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added: 11/27/2011
o be successful in the 20th century one must be able to accept change, for the world never sleeps. The goal of every North American is the American Dream, which is what trapped Willy Loman in the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. Willy's inability to adapt to the changing world around him leads to his tragic demise. His perspective is similar to a child's; he is never willing to take responsibility for his actions. As a result of his immaturity, Willy builds these enormous dreams, which are unrealistic for a man of his age. The original belief that causes Willy to live and raise his children the way he does, is the belief of the American Dream. He not only viewed this dream as one of being happy, and comfortable, but also as being materialistically ahead of everyone else. The Death of a Salesman tells the story of a man (Willy) confronting failure in the success-driven society of America and shows the tragedy which eventually leads to Willy's suicide. Miller uses Willy as a symbolic icon of the failing America. He represents those people that have striven for success but in doing so have achieved failure instead. Arthur Miller uses Willy to portray the typical American psyche which has an extreme craving for success and superior status . Miller focuses on the relationship of the Father and Son in accordance to American Values. For example, a father influences his sons and impose a set of values. If a father is a positive role model, then his influence on his sons will be positive. Conversely, if it is negative, the outcome will be negative. american dream: 1.) Security (?), Stability, Success, Love (none of which are truly had in Death of a Salesman) - All a lie. 2.) People's false beliefs, shallowness, Miller condemned the...
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added: 11/06/2011
In the story All My Sons by Arthur Miller, there are many symbols that influence the characters' actions and other events. Symbols such as the tree in the yard and the date November 25th represent the remembrance of Larry Keller. The downed tree also hints to the letter at the end of the story. Other symbols stand for past events in the characters' lives and give the reader a view into the important father-son relationship between Joe and Chris Keller. One of the major symbols in the play was the tree in the yard. The tree was important to the Kellers because it was planted on the day that their son, Larry, disappeared. The importance can be seen when the tree was knocked over. The Kellers and their neighbors saw the fallen tree and remembered Larry. Also, the fallen tree hints to the revelation of Larry's suicide letter. Another symbol that pertained to Larry was the date November 25th. After Larry went missing, the family started to work on a horoscope for Larry in order to determine if it was his favorable day. This was important to Kate Keller because she believed that her son could not possibly have died on his favorable day. Chris Keller wanting to marry Ann also represents the idea of Larry. Certain people in the family tried to persuade Chris not to marry Ann because Larry had been engaged to Ann. Also, Joe told Chris not to marry Ann because his mother would be greatly upset because she saw Chris's marrying Ann as the recognition that Larry had actually died. Another symbol that was significant is the title, "All My Sons." This saying was viewed differently through the eyes of Joe and Chris Keller. Chris viewed all of the other soldiers as his brothers, making them all...
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Essay - "All My Sons" "There's nothing' he could do that I wouldn't forgive. Because he's my son. Because I'm his father and he's my son." That is a quote about forgiveness, whether or not deciding to choose to forgive is a very personal, and sensitive subject. Imagine what it would be like to have to decide to forgive a close relative for the murder of 21 men. That is the main subject in the three act play, All My Sons, by Arthur Miller. Joe Keller and Herbert Deever are two ordinary men, trying to succeed in life. They ran a machine shop during the war that produced airplane parts. "The night foreman came and showed him the cylinder heads... they were coming out of the process with defects. So Dad went directly to the phone and called here and told Joe to come down right away. But the morning passed. No sign of Joe. So Dad called again. By this time he had over a hundred defective. The Army was screaming for stuff and Dad didn't have anything to ship. So Joe told him... on the phone he told him to weld, cover up any cracks in any way he could, and ship them out." That is a passage from the play and is a very important scene, where the truth comes out about what the two men did. In a state of panic, the men let defective parts which went into airplanes be shipped to the Army. They were used, causing the death of 21 men. Keller and Deever were brought to trial, where Keller went free and Deever went to prison. At the same time during the war, Joe Keller's son, Larry was pronounced missing. Kate Keller, Joe's wife and mother of Larry and Chris, went crazy about the report...
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All My Sons Arthur Miller The play follows the pattern of Classical Drama: (1) drama based on conflict (emotional, physical ,moral) (2) drama consists of 3 acts and follows conventional classical dramatic structure: (a) Exposition-information about the past is gathered. (b) Climax- two opposing forces( the hero and anti-hero) come into direct contact (c Denouement-catastrophe occurs in closing scenes (3) drama has a moral Author- Arthur Miller a Jew-interested in man as a social being. He focuses on man within his family and society and man's responsibility to society. He is a social moralist i.e. he presents the conflicts in social and individual behaviour and judges that behaviour and particular ideals as good or bad according to certain standards which his play presents. Setting Time -1947 Action takes place in less than 24 hours. Takes place two years after the Second World War, a war for which America had supplied an enormous amount of arms and men. It was a traumatic period for all. The memory of war was clear and the problem of soldiers missing in action added to the trauma. Technology, however had developed rapidly, and there were many profiteers who took advantage of the needs of war. Place America- where equality of opportunity existed- success was open to all. There was a positive work ethic-working hard was praised. Materialism was apparent-materialism was praised Local setting -action takes place in a small American town where neighbours are all involved with each other. Language Characters speak informally an colloquially. The normal speech of native Americans (ignoring the grammar of formal speech) is used....
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"All My Sons" Miller's Chief Criticism Of American Society A shot was heard throughout the Keller home as Joe ended his guilty, worthless life.Miller criticizes that American society has become corrupt- a place ofselfishness, where people care too much about themselves, and that whichbenefits them, and will go to any lengths to achieve that goal; even ifthe repercussions of their actions will bring harm to other people. Hestresses that money seems to be the key factor that drives society to thislevel of corruption. Miller emphasizes this point in several ways. Thefirst example is that Keller knowingly ships out cracked cylinder heads,that will crash an airplane if used, to prevent his business from goingbankrupt, claiming that he did it for his family. The second example isthat Sue would rather Jim make allot of money, and not do medicalresearch- which is what he really wanted to do. The third example is Jim'sabdication of his pursuit of medical research do to the lack of profitinvolved. In his play "All My Sons," Miller makes it apparent thatsociety in general values money and profit more than human life. He showsthis by his portrayal of Keller. Keller ships out cracked cylinder heads,aware that in flight they will cause planes to crash, to save his businessfrom being shut down. Furthermore, he goes on to allow the blame to fallon Steve, in order to save himself from going to jail, even though Stevewas not the only one guilty. Keller tries to rationalize his actions bysaying that he committed this heinous act for the benefit of his family-so that they will have money and everything else they need and can livehappily. "Chris... Chris I did it for you. It was a chance and I took itfor you." This portrays the human characteristic of creating a false senseof innocence in...
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