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All My Sons

All My Sons

by Arthur Miller

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References

Historical References

  • P-40 (1.479, 2.526): A World War II fighter plane.
  • Zeppelin (2.197): A dirigible (flying blimp).
  • Mohandas Gandhi (2.321): Indian lawyer who used peaceful means, including hunger strikes, to agitate for Indian independence.

Pop Culture References

  • Don Ameche (1.55): A popular actor in the '30s and '40s.
  • Andy Gump (2.378): Husband in The Gumps, a comic strip that ran from 1917-1959.

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