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Kate Keller (Mother) — Kate knows that Joe is guilty but lives in She had a relationship with Larry Keller before his disappearance. In ' All My Sons' by Arthur Miller, the father and son relationship is explored The protagonist Joe Keller, a businessman, wishes for his son Chris to Following his character, he takes the easy way out and kills himself. Get everything you need to know about Ann Deever in All My Sons. Related Characters: Chris Keller (speaker), Joe Keller, Ann Deever . father, Steve, and mother—there seems to have been some trouble in their relationship, and Annie.
A bitter, avaricious, and blunt-spoken woman, she was instrumental in persuading her husband not to pursue his dream of doing medical research and to make money to support her and their family instead. Her first act is to try to persuade her husband to visit a patient who is not sick and thereby charge him a fee. Sue presents a cynical view of the events and characters of the play. This is a symbolic reminder of the fact that Joe has falsely incriminated Steve Deever, who has spent years in jail as a result.
Ann is described as beautiful, good, and intelligent. Ann therefore knows that Larry is dead and knows that she is free to marry Chris. He does not appear in the play, but nevertheless exercises a significant influence.
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. 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.
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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. At Kate's request, Frank is trying to figure out the horoscope of the Kellers' missing son Larry, who disappeared three years earlier while serving in the military during World War II.
While Kate still believes Larry is coming back, the Kellers' other son, Chris, believes differently. Furthermore, Chris wishes to propose to Ann Deever, who was Larry's girlfriend at the time he went missing and who has been corresponding with Chris for two years.
Joe and Kate react to this news with shock but are interrupted by Bert, the boy next door. 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.
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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.
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.
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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.