It is debatable whether Chris Keller values anything more than family. Arthur Miller makes it clear that Chris greatly values courage; much of the play is concerned with his struggle to be brave. However, this struggle is bound up with his attitude toward family as he has lived so long in his brother’s shadow. Larry, who was engaged to Ann first, died a war hero (they believe). Because of his deep feelings for his family, Chris has withheld the news about his engagement to Ann. But it may also be the case that Chris suspects that true courage would consist of forging his own path rather than marry his brother’s former fiancée.
As Chris is forced to confront the truth about his father’s illegal and immoral activities, he begins to find himself. He decides to leave the family business and break off with Ann. While these decisions seem to indicate courage and are based in his deep moral conviction, they can also be seen as stemming from his concern for his family. If he stayed with Ann but left the business, they would likely feel betrayed. Chris’ plan for a clean break paradoxically indicates his fear of continuing to face his parents after disappointing them.