ALL MY SONS
SUBJECTS — U.S./1941 – 1991; Drama/U.S.;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Crime; Marriage; Father/Son; Suicide;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Citizenship.
AGE: 13+; No MPAA Rating;
Drama; 1948; 95 minutes; B & W. Available from Amazon.com.
This play is a classic of the American theater. It explores themes that are interesting to teenagers, and it was written to be read as well as performed. TeachWithMovies.org recommends reading the play or seeing it on stage. It does not recommend the 1948 version of the movie. This Guide is designed to assist in preparing a lesson plan for reading the play or watching a performance.
“All My Sons” is not considered Arthur Miller’s best play but it’s a great work of art nonetheless. It captivates the audience and reader alike. It has multiple layers of meaning dealing with universal themes. It provides social perspectives and psychological insights and poses interesting ethical questions.