What is a brief description of the characters Joe Keller, Kate Keller, Larry, Chris Keller, Jim, Sue, Burt and Frank?
Joe Keller is the patriarch of the family, he is a self-made man, who worked his way up from worker to boss/owner. He owns a factory that made airplane parts for the military during World War II. He is a decent man, a family man, a hard worker. Mostly Joe would be considered a real example of the average American, but he made a tragic mistake and then blamed it on someone else.
Joe's behavior regarding the shipment of the faulty airplane parts and then fingering his employee, Steve Deever as the culprit responsible for the criminal act which resulted in the deaths of several pilots flying planes withe the faulty parts. Joe got out of jail by lying about his role in the shipping of the airplane parts.
Joe is a contradition, on the one hand he is honest, patriotic, loves his family, on the other hand, he is dishonest, manipulative and selfish, unwilling to risk losing his business to behave in a moral way. If he had not shipped the airplane parts, his business would have gone under, but he would have been a honorable family man. He puts his business, which he claims is all for his family, ahead of his own integrity, dignity and honesty.
Kate Keller, Joe's wife, the mother of Larry and Chris. Kate suffers from a delusion a belief that Larry, who has been missing in action, is still alive. His room is kept as a shrine, his clothes are ready to be worn, his shoes are shined. Kate won't accept that Larry is dead. She is abrasive towards her husband, during the early part of the play, she does not reveal that she knows that Joe is guilty. Kate has more sense than Joe, she accepts the end result of Joe's decision. Kate turns out to be more realistic than first thought.
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