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In Arthur Millers drama All My Sons the characters of Jim Bayliss Frank Lubey Chris Keller and George Deever all have difficulty in accepting the realities of life and the possibilities of the future Though all different in nature they all willing to settle instead of striving for what they want Unfortunately they dont realize that they are settling instead believing that they are living according to their principles The easiest character to understand is Frank Lubey due mostly to his limited role Frank is a haberdasher and astrologer and as a haberdasher he considers himself a success not in the sense of his occupation but that he provides for the needs of his family When Ann asks him if hes still a haberdasher he answers with a defensive Why not as if to ask her whether or not she thinks there is something wrong with him being one He quickly adds Maybe I too can get to be president pointing out that President Harry Truman was once a haberdasher an attempt to put himself on the same level with the President If it was good enough for Truman it should be good enough for anyone His interest in astrology allows him to believe that he has a deeper understanding of life reassuring himself that he is what he is supposed to be and not anything less If fates determine events than to strive to be more is fruitless When Keller and Jim discuss the merits of different occupations Frank is fast to defend them all as an honorable profession If all professions are honorable that so is his He provides for Lydia and he is determined to convince himself that he is okay with it The others think they believe that a man makes of his life what he wants and Franks understanding of the stars is nothing more than a waste of time Jim Bayliss on the other hand is anything but
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