Capitalism vs. Morality in Arthur Miller's All My Sons

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All my sons- Capitalism vs Morality

Pg 25- ‘When you marry, never-even in your mind, never count your husband's money’
This quote criticises the American Dream, as it emphasises how it states that money equals happiness, and if a family has financial security, than that will also grant them happy lives.
Pg30 – ‘I was the beast; the guy who sold cracked cylinder heads to the Army Air force

This emphasises Keller’s immorality, as well as his pure determination to sustain the illusion that he has created. He openly hyperbolises his crime, magnifying the fact that his financial greed has overcome his sense of human social order.

Pg30- ’14 months later I had one of the best shops in the state again, a respected man again; bigger than ever.

This statement fuels the point that Joe Keller concentrates on money and has a fixated commercial focus, and ‘bigger than ever’ suggests that he defines himself through his business.

‘And the money, there’s nothing wrong in your money.’

This again shows Keller’s resolve to try and convince the unsuspecting Chris that the money that was earned from the war is not tainted, exaggerating how Joe pits capitalist culture against human decency.

‘Your father put hundreds of planes in the air, you should be proud. A man should be proud of that.’

Joe continues his explanation on how Steve as guilty as he was in the crime, still contributed to the war in a positive manner. On the other hand in comparison to Joe, who played the majority of the hand in the crime, was exonerated and now feels guilty, however is still happy to continue his lie.
‘I want a new sign over the plant- Christopher Keller Incorporated’ ‘Chris, I want you to use what I made for you…without shame’ ‘Because sometimes I think you’re ashamed of the money.’
All three of these quotations have similar implications, as Joe explains how all of the money he obtained from the war time and was ‘for his family’, and this again emphasises his focus on his

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