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Explore The Idea Of Moral Responsibilty In "All My Sons" by Arthur Miller

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Explore the idea of moral responsibility in "All My Sons" by Arthur Miller Moral responsibility is the main theme throughout "All My Sons." Arthur Miller was interested in this after a newspaper article he'd read, and this is also where he got the idea for the play from. The article was about a girl, who Arthur Miller thought had great courage for handing in her father to the authorities after he shipped out faulty parts to the US Army. During the war there were a lot of business men who shipped out faulty and not 'up to the job' parts. They were just trying to make money and they must have felt as though they had no responsibility for the soldiers who were fighting for their country. This is what Chris despised and the fact that Joe Keller did it is what caused Larry to kill himself. Arthur Miller wrote "All My Sons" during the war; however it was not staged until three years after. This is because many people were sensitive about the war and it probably would have given Arthur Miller a lot of bad criticism if he staged it straight after he wrote it. Also a few years after the war most people would have most probably forgotten about the terrible things which people did during the war, such as the shipping out of faulty parts to the US Army and making money from the black market. ...read more.

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H also blames other people for his actions, "Chris, the whole shootin' match is for you." He shifts the blame and that what he did was for their benefit. When Chris went home after the war he was hugely disappointed to see that America did not really take any responsibility for the war and treated it as "a kind of a - bus accident." Also he says that he "went to work with dad" and he describes it as "that rat-race again." This is where everyone is just trying to make money, out for themselves and they don't really care about anyone else or are responsible for anyone else. Joe Keller had a habit of shifting the blame for things he did and also for not taking responsibility for his actions. He makes up excuses to justify what he did such as by saying it was for his family and he had the right intensions. Joe, in the earlier stages of the play, sticks with his original story about not being at the factory on the days that the faulty parts were shipped out and had nothing to do with the making of the decision. "He hasn't been laid up in fifteen years." Keller then quickly replies "except my flu during the war." Even Kate cannot remember this but then she realises and tries to justify herself by asking George "do you remember every time you were sick?" ...read more.

Conclusion

"KELLER [with the beginning of plea in his voice]: He never flew a P-40 -." This adds power to the scene also the fact that during this scene Miller builds up tension by having the characters keep their voices down, "CHRIS [quietly, incredibly]: How could you do that? How?" This makes the scene more tense than if they have had raised their voices and shouting, as it would give the audience the impression that they are more serious and are not just blurting things out at the spare of the moment as of with shouting. Arthur Miller also has a tendency of building up tension and then breaking it suddenly using one of the minor characters. Such as when just after Kate slips out about Joe having not been ill in fifteen years George asks "what happened that day Joe?" "Frank enters briskly" Miller uses this technique many times in the play and is a good way of making the reader want to read on because the plot unfolds very slowly. Arthur Miller has definitely portrayed his interest in moral responsibility in this play as it is obviously the main theme and it occurs very often all throughout it. He clearly had an opinion he wanted to get through by using this play and the play encourages the audience to think about the idea of moral responsibility and to make their own opinion on the subject. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nicole Turley R10J ...read more.

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