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All My Sons- Arthur Miller Arthur Millers All My Sons is a perfect example of a literary work that builds up to and then reaches an ending that simultaneously satisfies the readers expectations and brings all the plays themes to a dramatic conclusion As the past slowly bubbles up into the present the reader begins to need certain confrontations - and certain judgments - to occur The finale that Miller deftly crafted for this play is filled with a dramatic irony that leaves the reader thinking In the end the wrong has been avenged and the inner and outer circles -family and society - have come crashing together Even though Miller is slow to establish his main theme in the exposition once set the main themes develop into powerful messages that hold meaning for all if one cannot look beyond their personal circle they are condemned to an ignorant existence ended by a tragic moment of realization Joe Keller goes through this slow and painful process of realization It has been hard work for Keller to maintain his blind ignorance toward his crime and his guilt however despite his efforts his tainted past is continually creeping into his sacred inner circle the only world that Keller allows himself to recognize When Keller sees that his inner circle is only a tiny speck in the greater outer circle - and that those people whom he thought were unrelated to him were actually all his sons - he takes his own life an acceptable ending for the reader As Millers play ends the personal beliefs of each character come into question Chris is forced to look at his father and his fathers guilt in the harsh light of reality for the first time Father had always meant the personification of goodness and infallibility to Chris When realitys light illuminates the cracks in Kellers good-guy facade Chris can only run away Ironically the only person who truly
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