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All My Sons By Author Miller - Discuss the ways in which the characters of Joe and Chris are presented in the play. mitigate. Go onto discuss how a clash between them is inevitable.

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All My Sons By Author Miller Essay Questions 1. Discuss the ways in which the characters of Joe and Chris are presented in the play. mitigate 2. Go onto discuss how a clash between them is inevitable. 3. Discuss how the clash arises from the difference in their values. As the play progresses, the characteristics, personality and values of both Joe and Chris Keller are revealed slowly. At the beginning, Joe is described as a rather popular man who is sociable and respected among his friends. He enjoys spending time with his neighbors. He is successful in his business; he gives us an impression of a pragmatic, self-made, man among men. He is described as a good husband and a loving, sensible father. He cares about his family and puts them at a high priority. However, his lack in education and a "peasant-like common sense" resulted in his minimal insight and judgment of the world and the things around him. Although he is not very bright, he is quite frank about it and willing to admit it which is shown in a dialogue between Joe Keller and Frank Lubey where Joe casually proclaimes: "When you look at a page like this you realize how ignorant you are" when he was reading the newspaper. ...read more.

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That's only for you, Chris, the whole shooting' match is for you." At the end of the play, he announced that the war crime he committed was for the family. At first, it seemed like a lame attempt to shed off the responsibility, however, at the end it does seem plausible and he did it for his family. This is because why else would he want to do such a thing? From his personality, he does not seem like a wealth hungry monster but rather a "If you want to make an omelet, you have to crack a few eggs" person. The incident is also directly linked to his lack of education. It seems to us that he was only capable of making a decision based on the result of the immediate stage. He was unable to foresee the future consequences. His personality and values shapes the character of Joe. These characteristics help form the story and leads to the clash between Chris and Joe. On the other hand, Chris's properties are very different when compared to his father's. Chris views the world differently and he is disappointed by how the world and people has not been changed after the war. ...read more.

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A kind of -- responsibility. Man for man." Honesty is also one of the most important things in Chris' life, as he points out in a dialogue with Ann: "Do you think I could forgive him if he'd done that thing?" The clash between Joe and Chris is chiefly due to the difference in values between them. Joe was practical about the incident. He was afraid that the business might fail and collapse and all his hard work devoted on saving the business for his sons would be ruined. He felt that it was the right thing to do; he does not believe he was guilty in any way. He also felt that everybody else worked for a profit during the war and thought that he ought to as well. The business is the furthest his mind could see. The lives of 21 men meant little to him when it comes to the business. The conscience of what has had done wasn't there, it was real to him. Joe did not realize how the attitude that he adopted would have such a large impact on Chris. Chris was totally shocked by his father's doings. It violated his principles and beliefs altruism and selflessness. He became confused and failed to know what to do with his father. This shattered all trust and bonding between father and son, he failed to close his eyes on guilt. ...read more.

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