"All My Sons" and Betrayal of the American Dream
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This paper argues that playwright Arthur Miller used his play "All My Sons" as a vehicle to explore the false values of the American Dream in post- WWII U.S. society. The paper identifies the common thread that runs through each of the characters that is the hypocrisy of the American Dream. The paper discusses Miller's message that the American Dream does not promote egalitarianism, it is full of hollow ideals, and as long as people sacrifice the good of others for personal gain, then the American Dream will remain a lie.
From the Paper:"Joe Keller, is living proof that a person can work up from nothing to a man with everything. He has little education, is unsophisticated, and bears "the imprint of the machine-shop worker" (5) on himself. But he has worked hard and provided his family with all that they desire. His neighbor, Jim Bayliss, is a doctor who is nagged by his wife to earn more and more money so that they can enjoy the American Dream like Joe Keller and his family, but Dr. Bayliss is disillusioned with materialism. He would be happy to be poor and to be doing something useful like medical research; his wife and neighbors feel sorry for him because doing research without great monetary reward is not an ideal of the American Dream. The Keller's former neighbors, the Deevers, have been forced to sell their home and move away because the father Steve Deever is in jail for selling bad airplanes parts to the Army; the audience is led to believe that he was a greedy and scared man who lost himself in pursuit of fortune and status."
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