How is family life depicted in All My Sons?

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Family life in All My Sons is presented as something difficult, treacherous, and full of emotional stress. The relations between almost everyone in the family are strained and revolve around failures and problems. While there are some deep bonds between family members, even those can be broken by the realization of wrong doing.

The play is a tragedy, and the central issue is one family's inability to cope with the death of a son, and the guilt and/or anger they feel over what happened.

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