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In all my plays and books I try to take setting and dramatic situations from life which involve real questions of right and wrong Then I set out rather implacably and in the most realistic situations I can find the moral dilemma and try to point out a real though hard path out I dont see how you can write anything decent without using the question of right and wrong as the basis Arthur Miller 1948 press conference after the premiere of All My Sons Knowing where the blurred line between right and wrong is drawn is the basis for conflict in many of Arthur Millers plays Miller deals not only with the moral distinctions in individual relationships but also the responsibility of the individual to family and the society in which the individual lives In two of Millers more famous plays The Death of a Salesman and All my Sons we see the inter-related effect on the family and society when characters are morally inconsistent We believe Willy Loman loves his family loves his sons but he does not deal openly about his indiscretion even with Biff Joe Keller loves his sons but attempts to justify decisions that make him responsible for the death of some young wartime pilots Chris Keller Joes son states There is a universe outside and youre responsible to it A View from the Bridge deals with what the healthy family contributes to the greater good and therefore what the broken family contributes to the greater ill The audience is presented with Eddie Carbone and the conflicts that arise from his ambiguous relationships with his niece and wife as well as the strong allegiance the ordinary people have with each other against outside forces like the immigration department In this play the single family is an elemental part of the whole society and because Miller manages to create a sympathy for Eddie Catherine B
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