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How is family central to the tragedy in All My Sons?

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On a more abstract note, the concepts of family and the father/son bond is challenged by the final scene of the play in which Joe realizes that Larry must have considered all the soldiers in the war the sons of Joe (and other fathers).  This idea broadens the definition of family to a realm in which we as a people are a collective family and thus have responsibilities to ensure the safety and well-being of all the members in that family.  From this perspective, Joe neglected his responsibilities to his collective family by ordering Herbert to mend and ship the faulty cylinders.

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In All My Sons , the central conflict revolves around the Keller family.  First in the decision that Joe Keller made to ship the faulty cylinder heads to the military to preserve his business, he says he did it for...

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paoooooo13 | Student

sorry how can i say that the theme duty and responsibility relates in our days?

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joshski | Student

Thank you thats given me some helpful ideas. Can anyone explain the significance of the father/son bond in this play?

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