All My Sons

Timeline of events in the play

The precise date of events in the play are unclear. However it is possible to construct a timeline of All My Sons using the dialogue. The action takes place in August 1946, in Midwestern United States with the main story taking place on a Sunday morning over the following 24 hours.[10]

  • Autumn 1943: Joe encourages Steve to supply the USAAF with faulty cylinder heads for aircraft engines
  • Autumn 1943: After 21 planes crash, Joe and Steve are arrested
  • November 25, 1943: Having read about his father's arrest, Larry crashes his plane off the coast of China
  • 1944: Joe is released
  • August 1946, a Sunday morning at 4am: Larry's memorial blows down
  • August 1946, the same Sunday morning: Ann arrives at the Keller home
  • August 1946, the same Sunday morning: George visits Steve in prison (opening)

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