Synopsis Act One The opening narration explains the context of Salem and the Puritan colonists of Massachusettswhich the narrator depicts as an isolated theocratic society in constant conflict with Native Americans.
Both men are victims of the American Dream in the sense that they have placed making money above moral and humanitarian considerations. Joe has done this of his own volition, while Jim has been pressured into it by his grasping, suspicious wife, Sue.
Sue urges Jim to fleece patients who are not even sick, while Jim wants to give up everything and do medical research to benefit the whole of humankind. Joe, for his part, is surrounded by people who, while they are not directly guilty of any crime, effectively become accomplices because they conspire with him to keep his secret.
But Jim is more aware than Joe about the self-delusion that this involves. Joe is an uneducated man not given to reflection and self-questioning.
But Jim, along with Larry, Chris, and George, is more of a thinker and a philosopher. They know that there is a larger family to which they are ultimately responsible. He probably just wanted to be alone to watch his star go out. We all come back, Kate. These private little revolutions always die.
What even Jim does not realize is that Chris has already made that compromise. A man whom he supposes to be an idealist, Chris, turns out to be yet another compromiser, while the true idealists, Larry and the airmen who sacrificed their lives for their country, are dead. All My Sons is about a man who makes a profit at the expense of his responsibility to society.
Does this raise any issues that are still relevant today? One of the major issues addressed by the play is that of corporate liability, which is as relevant today as it was when Miller wrote it.
The problem about corporate behavior, as many human rights and environmental campaigners see it, is that a corporation is as capable as an individual person of killing or maiming others in the course of its activities.
Harmful corporate practices may include flouting health and safety rules in the working environment, or creating pollution that sickens or kills workers or local residents.
But while it is a relatively simple matter to convict an individual of assault, manslaughter, or murder, the laws regarding corporate harm are more problematic. As ofthe issue of liability for damage caused to individuals or the environment by corporate activities continues to be debated.
In the United States, people who believe that they have been harmed by the activities of corporations can resort to criminal or civil law, with civil law requiring a lower burden of proof than criminal law.
Another problem is the cost of litigation, which can be long and drawn-out. One solution is a class action lawsuit, in which a group of litigants shares the legal costs. But a judge can refuse a lawsuit class action status if he or she deems it inappropriate. Even if the judge grants class action status and the litigants win the case, the damages awarded may be small and must be shared among the group.The Crucible is a play about a man’s refusal to lie in order to satisfy phony claims enforced by the establishment; it portrays mass paranoia and the struggle to maintain human dignity in the.
All My Sons Arthur Miller. although later in the book you find out that he sold bad plane parts causing 21 men at war to die and he has blamed it on his neighbor. His conflict is his responsibility is to his family and society, because he truly believes he has justified his actions.
Arthur Miller, the playwright, once wrote: "The fortress that 'All My Sons' lays siege to is the fortress of unrelatedness." What did he mean by that? Suggested Response: Joe Keller's problem was that he could not see that he was related to everyone and that his effort to give a good life to his sons could not take precedence over his obligation not to cause the deaths of the sons of others.
His plays include All My Sons (), Death of a Salesman (), The Crucible Arthur Miller's The Crucible is just about as classic and timeless as American literature gets.
It has withstood the test of time and proved itself to be relevant to all times and peoples. Written in , Focus was Arthur Miller's first novel and one of the /5(). His plays include All My Sons THE CRUCIBLE. ARTHUR MILLER was born in New York City in and studied at the University of Michigan.
And here is the root of a theme that connects virtually all of Miller’s plays: . Arthur Miller stated that the issue of relatedness is the main one in All My Sons. The play introduces questions that involve an individual's obligation to society, personal responsibility, and the distinction between private and public matters.