Depiction of American Dream in All My Sons

January 31st, 2010 | Author: Nabila Tanvir

All My Sons
In All My Sons, Arthur Miller has depicted the American Dreams by exposing some fundamental tragedies in the lives of his protagonists. According to modern concept of tragedy, the protagonists should be accountable for their deeds while facing any kind of moral dilemma, they make some wrong decisions and choices for themselves which lead them on the verge of worst kind of tragedy. Such critical thinking is also observed in several TV programs, movies and other media sources where American dream is exaggerated to attract masses to move to America but they have to encounter bitter realities of life (All My Sons Summary, 2010). What are the American Dreams; these are to grow up with heaps of wealth and precious properties! There are different interpretations of the American Dreams but it is the common gist of it. But at the end of this play, All My Sons, the American Dreams are depicted contrarily

he is depicted an individual who is accountable for himself and his family rather than for society. owing lots of property and becoming prosperous financially. the American dream is bogus dream which is depicted only in very few and certain people’s life but most of them suffer from some panic situations in life in spite of having money (All My Sons Summary. Joe Keller had become prosperous and auspicious in his life financially but his life turned into a tragic life as the story moves towards a conclusive end. personal responsibility and dissimilarity between personal and public matters. 2010). 2010). In the play. Miller evaluates Keller’s discriminatory worldview which affirms his belief. Arthur Miller wants to convey two contradictory viewpoints in his play. there is no value of crimes which are committed for sake of the family (All My Sons Study Guide. All My Sons.where it is described how someone lives happily even after growing up. who believes that Keller is not wrong in his proclaims. The main reason of conflicts which arises in the mind of Keller. All My Sons. Keller performs his specific actions during the war. All My Sons what are the individualistic social obligation. Arthur Miller has evoked some fundamental questions in his play. there is nothing more valuable than the family rather than whole world where .

2010). Arthur Miller has manipulated the flow of the story in the most technical manner that revelation of all secrets of the characters in play occurs on the same day. 2010). Arthur Miller displays how such past secrets of life have influenced the lives of his characters in the play who keep themselves in past always (All My Sons Study Guide. “To cut yourself off from your relationships with society at large is to invite tragedy of a nature both public (regarding the pilots) and private (regarding the suicides)” (All My Sons Study Guide. Miller wants to show that it is not necessary to enhance some carefulness for others being a family member. The characters speak such words or dialogues in the pay which disclose the different secrets about the current history of the Keller family. Such revelations are . Though All My Sons is related with the past but this past helps to shape present and future of the individuals. it is most important to develop an individual’s responsibilities to the family versus society at large.Keller lives. The family is also depicted as unit within the society and it is distorted or damaged by the individualistic actions. It is inescapable to ignore or forget crimes.

Chris thinks to abandon all such scrupulous brooding who sends his father to jail. Miller wants to stress upon the values of ideals or dreams by depicting such characters in his play how such ideals are sacrificed according to the current circumstances (All My Sons Study Guide. 2010). The questions are raised how we deceive ourselves and others? We choose things to spotlight on life but we also need to refute some certain things for upgrading our living standards? What are impacts of denial upon the psyche of family and certain society? Keller family history displays what factors causes distortion and confrontation in the life. These factors include Larry’s death and Keller’s sense of liability for the consignment of defective parts. . causing the fatal consequences due to Denial and self-deception. Chris is also characterized as an idealist who remains angry against the wartime profiteering. Some people views that he is a man of scruples setting apart from the social networks. Such acts of denial and self-deception are rooted in both characters who live in a state of self-deception. avoiding one of the realities of life willingly in order to keep up the functional life-style of family (All My Sons Study Guide. How idealism are not sustainable in the practical world which is very complex. the mother denies first while she has to accept it and same case is with Keller himself. 2010). In the whole play.inevitable.

Keller gives solid arguments during wartime how all his actions are so defensible in maintaining good business practice. When he has to encounter with truths of life. 2010). Joe Keller doesn’t miss any chance to blame anybody and everyone for crimes of wartime and the main cause of his partner’s imprisonment. boastfully taking pride in his financial success without any business education. . Every character is delineated with different kinds of self-blames. The dramatist raises the question how rules of good business are exempted from moral and ethical norms & laws of the certain society (All My Sons Study Guide. He always asserts himself as an ill-mannered and uneducated person. Larry had taken to his heart all such shameful blames and Keller commits suicide in fits of despairs (All My Sons Study Guide. 2010). he finds faults in business practice and US army and everyone he may have contacts. When he admits such blames after self-recognition process. Here Miller takes this failure in comparison with loftiest politics and awkward system of capitalism which enhance the value of materialistic pursuits rather than the moral sense. But gradually his well-flourished business is victimized of downfalls.

So American dreams are so attractive apparently but . blaming his father for his incapability to imprison his jails. 2010). very human impulse is reflected to demonstrate the actual relationships and powerful role of characters which maintains self-respect and family honor (All My Sons Study Guide. the basic human nature how he has made sacrifices of Steve and Larry. Miller criticizes such system of capitalism which encourages just greed for profiteering shares in the business stakes holders who may want to sacrifice the human life and happiness. Miller points out the basic flaws of capitalist system which has no concerns with cultural as well as social morals.Chris feels culpable himself for the ongoing of the war and materialistic pursuits but when the crimes are disclosed. he shifts his blame to his father side. You may observe such several instances of deflected blame in this play. Miller reveals how such individualistic flaws can be interpreted with the economic progress and business success in terms of American dream. He has given up the main role of his life as head of family. Keller has sacrifices all other parts of the American dream for just materialistic pursuits or financial growth only.

. 2010). But media and broadcasting sources have interpreted the American dreams in very attractive manner which shatter down the people so badly that they are forced to kill themselves (American Dream.there is too much hollowness inwardly which splits up the social networks in fits of despair and anger.

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