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All My Sons

All My Sons

by Arthur Miller

Family Theme

We can tell from the title of All My Sons that the play is about family. We see three families onstage, and a fourth family – the disgraced former neighbors – emerges again and again in the dialogue. While Ann and Chris's plans to start a new family first give the story a drop of hope, the idea of marriage itself seems doomed by the complicated and compromised unions surrounding the young couple. Much more than a mom and dad plus 2.25 kids, All My Sons advocates a redefinition of family that extends beyond each of our own garden plots.

Questions About Family

  1. How do Joe and Kate work their magic on the Deever children?
  2. Do you believe that Larry defines family differently than his father does?
  3. Do you see any of your own family in the Kellers? The Deevers?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

For a moment, lured by the charms of Kate and Joe, George Deever wishes he could be a Keller.

In All My Sons, Miller argues for a redefinition of family.

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