All My Sons

The american dream

The Merriam Webster's Learners Dictionary defined the Amercian Dream as follows:"A happy way of living that is thought of by many Americans as something that can be achieved by anyone in the U.S especially by working hard and becoming successful."With good jobx, a nice house,two children and plenty of money, they believed they were living the American Dream.

Joe Keller is an ordinary man who would have grown up durinf the Great Depression and for whom this American Dream would have been an ideal to strive for.

Explain how this information helps us understand his behavior as presented in the play "All My Sons".

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The American Dream

Miller points out the flaw with a merely economic interpretation of the American Dream as business success alone. Keller sacrifices other parts of the American Dream for simple economic success. Has he given up part of his basic human decency (consider the pilots) and a successful family life--does he sacrifice Steve or Larry? Miller suggests the flaws of a capitalist who has no grounding in cultural or social morals. While Keller accepted the idea that a good businessman like himself should patch over the flawed shipment, Miller critiques a system that would encourage profit and greed at the expense of human life and happiness. The challenge is to recover the full American Dream of healthy communities with thriving families, whether or not capitalism is the economic system that leads to this happy life. Economic mobility alone can be detrimental--consider George's abandonment of his hometown for big city success. There is a rift in the Bayliss marriage over Dr. Bayliss's desire to do unprofitable research, because his wife wants him to make more money instead of do what he enjoys and what will help others.