Keywords: all my sons analysis, all my sons tragedy,
All My Sons can be an American play, set in an average, suburban town in the backyard of a family group home. The Keller's are a family who live a life of tension and un-realistic aspirations after losing a son at war. As the Keller's make an effort to live a normal life they are simply left struggling when they are left to handle dealing with the results of their actions these lead to the central tragedies of the play.
Chris Keller is an honourable man, a man who tries to start to see the good in people, a man of war. His father, Joe Keller is a chief character who's around three things: Business, money and making a profit. However, Joe Keller is a family group man most of all, and has sacrificed everything, including his honour. Nonetheless, he must face up to what he has done and with these actions he must step forward into an inevitable future.
Throughout the play the type introduce familiar faces, hard situations, memories both bitter and sweet, the first example of this is the morning following the thunderstorm, the Keller's awaken with their memorial tree, has been torn down (that was planted in memory of Larry after he was lost at war). Thus giving the Keller family a rude awakening that Larry is probably gone forever; this is a tragic realisation for almost all of the Keller's.
Obviously the main tragedies in this play are the horrendous crime that Joe Keller committed, killing many pilots which included the unfortunate murder of his son. That is a realisation that soon occurs to Keller which unavoidably brings about his Suicide. In regardless of Joe Keller being such a family group man, he had caused such deceit not only to his family and also to him self, but people throughout him. He had caused too much deceit and hurt that he could no longer deal with blood left on his hands.
Regardless of these actions, Joe Keller was once an unhealthy man, an unhealthy man with a major dream. And in some ways he's a fine example of what conquering the American Dream stands for. Yet, when he reached to the most notable his money obsession continued. He in the end became power hungry, a guy fixated and possessed by the mere considered money and business. He became a guy who murdered dozens and a guy who took advantage by using the death and destruction of the war as an excuse for making more money. Really the only question is was he really rendering it for his family, or was he just rendering it for himself? This is something that his son, Chris would by no means would or even think about doing, "I Didn't want to take some of it. . . " Chris Keller is a man who never take money, let alone blood money from anyone. Chris is just a simple guy that believes that greed can destroy lives, and in his father's case, it did exactly that.
Joe and Chris Keller may be father and son; nevertheless they remain particularly diverse from one another. Chris is an optimistic man, he's an enchanting and idealistic. Everything in Chris's mind is wonderful and faultless. His father on the other hand is a practical man. He's sensible and thinks no more than the considerations in life e. g. money and his family. As protagonists and father and son they are simply inescapably much alike which contributes to tension and confrontation.
Both the Keller men both have short tempers; this is an excellent that brings anger and continuous anxiety and strain to the play. Chris has always looked up to his father, he always saw him as the only real provider, the protector and the hero in his life. In Chris's eyes Joe Keller fought against the court of law, to prove his "innocence". However and unknowingly, when behind the shadows of all this, lingers deceit when family friend Steve Deever is delivered to prison for tragic crime he didn't commit, he was delivered to prison for something Joe Keller did.
In many ways, I believe Joe Keller is at denial about the situation. I really believe he fought so difficult to try and prove his pretend innocence that he almost convinced himself and wife Kate that he did nothing wrong and this he is innocent. I believe he lied in the manner he did due to his fear of individuals finding out the reality, especially Chris and also because he was frightened to reduce all his power. If Chris was to discover the truth Keller would no more have the ability to live with him self. The idea of killing one son and losing another was hardly ever an option Keller wouldn't even have contemplated on doing. Because he spent so long building his business empire he was terrified to lose not just that. However the love and respect from his only other son.
Chris and Joe's relationship in all means finished up deteriorated and this some ways is the central tragedy, a father who loses two sons because of his own mistakes and greed. "That's what a war does. I had developed two sons, now I got one. It changed all the tallies. In my own day when you had sons it was an honour". This quote is ironic, the way Keller says "That's what war does" he appears to be so in denial that he appears to be blaming the war, when he is the reason his son dies. Joe's character mentions only having one son left, but even Chris commences to drift from his father; "Sometimes you infuriate me, you understand that? You may have such a talent for ignoring things. " Chris seems to have unknowingly stunned Keller by saying this, the word ignore implies that Keller is fully alert to what exactly has been taking place and he's ignoring his past as if nothing had even happened in the first place.
The relationship between Chris and his father appears to permit the audience to understand how the two of the characters think and interact not only with the other person but other characters in the play also. Joe Keller is a man who believes he owes nothing to anyone other than himself and family, however as Chris served in the war he believes in a superior responsibility to humanity, he likes to help people, make people feel good about themselves. This illustrates the completely parallel characteristics that Keller and Chris have.
The relationship Joe and Chris Keller share is diverse throughout, as father and son they joke and butt heads from time to time. But as Chris discovers the dark past his father has hidden, he's in utter shell shock. Not merely has this man killed a large number of pilots, he killed his own son and left an innocent man rotting in a jail cell. As this tragic truth began to sink into Chris's mind and whatever Keller had to say for himself, to Chris this no more matters. "It's not enough to be sorry. "
I think because Keller was such a businessman, that Chris in a few ways felt that his father's job seemed almost more important to him than Chris, but Chris was still a priority. So when Chris discovered that that his brother was murdered by his own father for 'business', this is the ultimate straw. "The cats in that alley are practical; the bums who ran away when we were fighting were practical. . . But now I'm practical, and I spit on myself. I am going away. I'm going now. "
"Everyday three of four men never keep coming back and he sits back there doing business. . . " This quote suggests quite evidently that Chris is disgusted at the actual fact that all those men died because of his father and it appears utterly insane that Keller was able to relax and continue steadily to run his business as everyday men were dying because of his father.
To conclude, Chris and Joe Keller's relationship donate to the central tragedies of the play in an enormous way. It proves that just because two different people are related and share the same blood, does not mean these are compatible. And asks the question, do we really know our family? Chris spent years research to his 'hero' of your father, however towards the end of the play Chris's utter disappointment, aversion and almost hatred for Keller becomes apparent. This consequently causes Keller's revelation, "Then what's this if it is not telling me??? Sure, he was my son. But I believe to him they were all my sons. And I guess they were, I guess they were. " This then leads to the final tragedy of the play, Keller's abrupt suicide.