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All My Sons

All My Sons


by Arthur Miller

All My Sons Morality and Ethics Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.

Quote #1

Jim: I would love to help humanity on a Warner Brothers salary. (1.57)

Jim and Sue reflect, in their subplot, the same conflict between money and ideals that affects the Kellers.

Quote #2

Chris: Everything was being destroyed, se but it seemed to me that one new thing was made. A kind of… responsibility. Man for man. You understand me? – To show that, to bring that on to the earth again like some kind of monument and everyone would feel it standing there, behind him, and it would make a difference to him. (1.541)

Before Chris can give himself fully to Ann, he needs her to understand the conflict he feels between the idealism of the war and the practicality of daily life back home.

Quote #3

Sue: Chris makes people want to be better than it's possible to be. (2.67)

Sue is a resolute pragmatist. Chris inspires her husband to want to do research, when she just wants him to keep them comfortable at home by doing ore profitable work. She's hoping she can influence Ann to get Chris out of the picture so Jim will feel less conflicted.

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