All my sons by arthur miller (Themes (Responsibility (Individual (Chris…
All my sons by arthur miller
Can see beyond his own world
Puts his family above all else
Doesn't understand when others dont
Depends on the respect of his sons as they are his whole world. Is really scared his sons will abandon him if they find out what he did
"A daughter is a daughter, and a father is a father."
Tries to excuse Steve which causes suspiction
Also is trying maybe subconsciously to persuade Chris to forgive him
Cares deeply for his family, not just about money
Conflict with Chris because he has different idealisms
Chris not satisfied with running the company and Joe wants him to because he has envisioned Chris taking it over. Chris doesn't want to because he feels disillusioned with his affluent life.
Joe thinks it doesn't matter that the boys riding the p40s died because they were not his son, Chris knows they are also human beings who are just as important
In the army, Chris learn to suppress individual needs for the betterment of others
"They didn't die; they killed themselves for each other
In spite or his actions Keller still believes he has lived up to his principles as he values the needs of the individual (to take care of his family) above all else - Despite what he did to the pilots he still believes he did nothing wrong based on his beliefs that family is more important than anything
"Why am I bad"
"That's only for you, Chris, the whole shootin' match is for you!"
"Nothin's bigger than that…if there's something bigger than that I'll put a bullet in my head."
He gives his wife Kate a good quality of life
"You wanted money - so I made money
He builds up his business for his son to inherit
"Chris, Chris... I did it for you... for you a business for you"
As a soldier, Chris felt he wa building a better world than the one before
"Everything was being destroyed... but one new thing was being made. A kind of responsibility. Man for man.
Larry believes that Keller should have felt the same loyalty to the pilots as to his own children
"I think to him, they were all my sons. And I guess they were
Chris is appalled that his father could sacrifice these mens lives
"I was dying every day and you were killing my boys"
Corruption of the American dream