All My Sons

All My Sons: Essay Q&A

What is Jim’s role in the play? Jim’s story mirrors Joe’s in many ways. Both men are victims of the American Dream in the sense that they have placed making money above moral and humanitarian considerations. Joe has done this of his own volition, while Jim has been pressured into it by his grasping, suspicious …

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All My Sons: Theme Analysis

Self-interest versus social responsibility The major theme of the play is the conflict between self-interest and the wider responsibility that people owe to the society in which they live. This conflict is mostly enacted through the characters of Joe, Chris, and the now-dead Larry. Joe has put all his energies into making money and building …

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All My Sons: Act 3

It is night. Kate sits outside in the garden, thinking. Jim appears. Kate says that she cannot sleep, and is waiting for Chris. Jim reflects on money: “Money. Money-money-money-money. You say it long enough it doesn’t mean anything.” Kate tells Jim that Chris had an argument with Joe, then got in the car and drove …

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All My Sons: Act 2

It is evening. As the Kellers await George’s arrival, Chris saws off the broken apple-tree and tidies it away. Kate asks Chris to protect her and Joe, but Chris does not understand what she means. She says that Steve always blamed Joe for the cylinder head incident, and that if he re-opens the case, she …

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All My Sons: Act 1

The play opens in the back yard of the comfortable Keller home one Sunday morning in August 1947, two years after the end of World War II. In one corner of the yard is an apple tree that has been snapped off in the storm the previous night. Joe Keller and Dr. Jim Bayliss are …

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