How Miller Presents Joe Keller as a Tragic Hero in All My Sons

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How Miller Presents Joe Keller as a Tragic Hero in All My Sons Joe Keller is a man who loves and values his family very much. Like most Americans he has given everything so he can have the big house, the fancy car and the bulging wallet. He has given everything so he can have the American Dream. Unfortunately for Keller, everything isn't as perfect as it seems. "All My Sons" is a very tragic play. It shows how a man can sacrifice everything including the honour of his name to make his family prosperous. This struggle for wealth and material goods involves Keller doing an awful crime because he wants his family to be wealthy. This is the cause of Keller's downfall. In "All My Sons" Miller examines the morality of a man who…show more content…
Because he's my son I'm his father and he's my son, and if there's something bigger than that I'll put a bullet in my head!". Although this shows Keller's irresponsibility towards society it also shows Keller's devotion to his family. Keller obviously believes that family is the most important thing in the world. This little speech of Keller's is also very ironic because at the end of the play Keller does actually put a bullet in his head when he finds out there is something bigger than family. The audience will see this speech of Keller's as a warning that Keller will probably end up putting a bullet in his head. This will unsettle the audience and that is exactly what Miller intended to do by hinting in Keller's speech what will happen to him in the end. Chris, unlike his father, does not believe that family is the most important thing in the world. He thinks that the society in which you live is just as important as your family. Chris proves to the audience that he feels this way on page 117 when he says, "It's wrong to pity a man like that. Father or no father, there's only one way to look at him. He knowingly shipped out parts that would crash an airplane". Here the audience sees how Chris doesn't try to justify what Keller has done just because he's his son. The audience sees that Chris treats

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