The audience can relate to Joe and feel sympathy for him because he was a good man who did many great things for his family and in the end paid the ultimate price. They didn't die; they killed themselves for each other. Otherwise what you have is really loot, and there's blood on it. Suggested Response: At the beginning of the play Chris viewed Joe like a small child views a father. If students are reading the play, teachers might want to print the questions on paper and give them to the students.
However, in doing this he lost his sons, which were the most important thing to him, and a vital part of his realization of the American Dream. For example, Larry could have volunteered for especially dangerous missions. For all they know, Ann says, one of those cracked cylinder heads could have been in the plane that crashed with Larry inside. Larry's letter brings him around and he is ready to take his father to the prosecutors. He could have shot himself because both his sons, his reason for being, had rejected his view of life and condemned him. Economic mobility alone can be detrimental--consider.
It is Joe who, as a successful businessman, has the stature of the tragic hero. Miller leaves open the question of why Keller kills himself. Chris didn't see that he was a hypocrite by suggesting that others live lives without compromising their dreams and ethics, while he had compromised his by not following up on his suspicions of his father while working in his father's business. It leaves Chris feeling polluted and as if he had let his fellow soldiers down. Suggested Response: To assess the ethics of a potential action, put yourself in the shoes of the other people who will be affected by what you intend to do and apply the Golden Rule. Joe Keller had no excuse for doing what he did. The country people are born, the traditions people contain, and the new environments… Literary Analysis of My Son the Fanatic Written by Hanif Kureishi, the short story My Son the Fanatic develops through the conflict between a father and his son.
He tries to butter up his old partner by offering him a job after he gets out of jail and tries to reconcile with George by offering to talk to his attorney friends. In addition, his children were starving and he needed to feed them. The play starts with an everyday business man given the age-old fight of man versus himself. Kate saw herself as a nurturing and loving woman. Larry had the same problem, which is why he killed himself rather than live with the knowledge that his father was a criminal.
The risk was a contempt citation and a prison sentence. Keller enters and says that George, Ann's brother, is on the phone. In terms of inter-generational relations what is it about the family and how children mature that leads to these conflicts? I felt -- what you said-- ashamed somehow. She had no one else to rely on. Larry Keller Although he has been dead for some years by the start of the play, Larry is as much a character in the play as anyone who actually appears on stage. The Kellers are solidly middle-class and have a working-class background. In the ten previous years more than 700 people had been burned by spilled coffee at the restaurants of this chain.
Joe Keller, who has been reading classified ads in a newspaper, banters pleasantly with his neighbors, Dr. Again, he intends to talk for effect and not telling the truth. Many people were imprisoned for refusing to testify. Chris compromised by coming into his father's business and burying his suspicions. As a result, he committed a terribly loathsome act, a criminal act, a murderous act.
Towards the end of the play, Joe's son Chris anguishes over the fatally flawed decision made by his father, thus eliciting the sympathy of the audience. I was just down the cellar, and what do I stumble over? On the contrary, All My Sons is a very straightforward play, with a specified characterization, which also touches upon the humanistic issues of social responsibility and moral conscience. Mother enters and is shaken by the fact that George needs to speak to Ann. While highlighting the reasoning for these important aspects of theater, I want to make it clear that these elements are clear throughout whatever play, musical, etc. She turns her back on her father when he was convicted during the business scandal and moved to New York and got a job. You have nothing to say. No character other than Mother is referred to by their biological place in the family.
She is also an accomplice to his crime. See response to the first question in the Discussion Questions on. Some critics view Chris Keller as the tragic hero of the play. First, the tragic figure must be a person of stature. In the play, this is seen as a symptom of the cynicism of society. The fact that Joe Keller is successful and somewhat important in his community enhances his status as a tragic hero.
However, to truly debate if Miller was able to created a modern tragedy, one must first know what a tragedy is. A kind of -- responsibility. Most of Miller's plays concern the responsibility of people to each other in light of the common goals shared by people in society. Try to get the class to come up with a theory of how to tell when the profit motive should give way to other concerns. Suggested Response: This is how Chris describes it.
The link to Christ was clearly on Miller's mind. He could have shot himself because he realized that his system of values was wrong and that he knew of no other way to live. Suggested Response: His duty to his country. Chris rejected it after he learned of Larry's letter and when his father appeared willing to go the District Attorney. He had to decide whether or not to ship defective parts. Children will start their own families at some distance from their parents' home. Chris' delay in deciding to get married is consistent with and symptomatic of his delayed emotional development.