The American Dream in ''All My Sons'' by Arthur Miller

1618 Words Oct 8th, 2012 7 Pages
How does Arthur Miller show that the American Dream has become perverted in ‘All my Sons’´? Do you think Miller is totally against the concept? Or just what it had become in his time?

“Seven Deadly Sins:
Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Science without humanity
Knowledge without character
Politics without principle
Commerce without morality
Worship without sacrifice.”

Mahatma Gandhi

‘The social, economical and educational equal rights for all citizens’. The previous line summarizes the definition people give of what they understand as the American Dream. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the American Dream corresponds to ‘the ideal by which equality of opportunity is available to any American, allowing the highest
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In Miller words Keller is ‘a heavy man of stolid mind and build, a business man these many years, but with the imprint of the machine-shop worker and boss still upon him’ (Act 1, Page 3). It is interesting to note that Keller is not described as a family guy, even though the play tells the story of the Keller family. This is because, as a business man, he probably did not spend a lot of time at home, and that is why he is regarded more like a business man instead of a family guy. For Joe Keller, the factory, the money and the business were first, and with this, he justifies his actions as well. The day of the incident of the faulty engine parts, Joe Keller decided to ship the parts thinking about money, and not about the consequences. Due to his irresponsibility, the consequences become bigger and his son Larry crashes his plane and die because one of the faulty engine parts, were installed in his plane. Moreover, Larry does this on purpose and he writes the following on a letter to Ann: ‘I’m going out on a mission in a few minutes; they’ll probably report me missing. If they do, I want you to know that you mustn’t wait for me’ (Miller, Act 3, Page 90). Towards the end of act three, Keller finally has to face the Larry’s judgement, through the letter, and Chris’. As he is incapable of doing so, he decides to kill himself, avoiding the blame once again.