Is it possible to see anything positive at the end of Arthur Miller's play All My Sons?

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It is possible to see positive elements at the end of Arthur Miller's All My Sons.  At the end of the play, Chris tells Ann that their relationship is over and that he is going to seek a new life elsewhere.  Although it is tragic that their relationship comes to an end, it is positive that Chris realizes that he needs to rethink his position in life in light of all the secrets that have been unearthed about his family.  Chris questions the role that he had in the war in light of his father's and brother's actions, and he recognizes that he needs time to deal with these conflicting feelings.  So, this is a positive element.

Further, Kate now knows that Larry will never come home from the war based on the letter that he sent to Ann before he took his last flight.  Kate can now deal with Larry's death rather than dwell on the false possibility that he might come home.  In the long run, this will be a positive move for Kate.

So although Joe commits suicide and many relationships in the play seem to come to tragic ends, there are positive elements that arise as a result.