All My Sons Topics for Further Study
by Arthur Miller

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Topics for Further Study

(Drama for Students)

  • Research the problem of profiteering during both World War II and the Cold War. Was it a prevalent phenomenon? What forms did it take (e.g., cost overruns, ridiculous pricing, fraudulent claims)? Describe the worst case you can find from your research.
  • Trace the influence of either Henrik Ibsen or Anton Chekhov on All My Sons.
  • Investigate Miller's role in the investigations of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), including his contempt conviction and eventual exoneration. Do you agree with Miller's position? Give reasons for your answer.
  • Determine the influence of the politics of the left, including socialism and communism, on the American theater and cinema during the 1930s and 1940s.