Act One Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Joe Keller/Keller: a businessman about sixty years old, who rose from humble beginnings to a career in industrial manufacturing

Kate Keller/Mother: Joe’s wife and Chris’s mother, who is about fifty years old

Chris Keller: the oldest Keller son, who is already a war veteran and partial owner of his father’s business at the age of thirty-two

Ann/Annie Deever: the beautiful, former girl next door, who is twenty-six years old and still single.

Doctor Jim Bayliss: the current next-door neighbor to the Kellers, who is a physician

Sue Bayliss: Jim’s wife

Frank Lubey: a neighbor who grew up with the Keller boys

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