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All My Sons
SUBJECTS — Drama/U.S.; U.S./1941 - 1991;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Crime; Marriage; Father/Son;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Responsibility.
All My Sons is a classic of American theater written by one of America's greatest playwrights, Arthur Miller. The play explores themes that are interesting to teenagers and it was written to be read as well as performed. TeachWithMovies.com recommends reading the play or seeing it presented on stage. We do not recommend using the 1948 movie version. The TWM Learning Guide to All My Sons is designed to assist in preparing a lesson plan for reading the play or watching a performance.
This play is a great work of art, captivating audience and reader alike. It has multiple layers of meaning and presents universal themes. It provides social perspectives and psychological insights. The ethicl questions posed by the play will be interesting to teenagers.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to All My Sons provides a full and in-depth analysis of this Tony Award winning play. The Guide explores the play's use of language, symbol, character, irony, and foreshadowing. It compares the structure of the play to ancient Greek tragedy and analyzes whether the character of Joe Keller is a tragic hero. The Guide evaluates the play and its characters from social, historical and psychological perspectives. It discusses the themes of the play and helps teachers lead students to work through the moral issues of cheating, war profiteering, and taking responsibility. The Guide contains more than 70 discussion questions with suggested answers to fully explore the dimensions of the play.
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All My Sons, by Arthur Miller, is a story of the American Dream gone sour. The Learning Guide to All My Sons will help teachers create lesson plans for classes that are watching or reading the play.
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To demonstrate how TWM Learning Guides can be used by teachers to help construct lesson plans, we have set out a list of the universal themes present in the play which are discussed in the Learning Guide to All My Sons.
The "full loathsomeness of anti-social action;"
Assaulting the "Fortress of Unrelatedness" — The Limits of the American Dream — Pursuing Profit at the Expense of Society;
Appearances vs. Reality — How Refusing to Acknowledge the Truth Warps People and Relationships;
The Dangers of Inaccuracies of Self-Image;
The Law of Unintended Consequences;
The Compromises People Make;
Idealism vs. Cynicism.
The Learning Guide to All My Sons contains sections on Benefits of the Play, Possible Problems, Helpful Background, Discussion Questions, Links to the Internet, and Bridges to Reading. The Discussion Questions are divided into three categories: Subject Matter, Social-Emotional Learning, and Moral-Ethical Emphasis.
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