Off-Stage but Ever-Present: Larry in All My Sons

In Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, Larry is the youngest member of the Keller family who passed away in World War II. Although he does not appear on stage for the duration of the play, he is still considered to be one of the most important roles. His disappearance haunts his family through his mother’s … Read moreOff-Stage but Ever-Present: Larry in All My Sons

Ordinary People Create Drama: A Comparison of All My Sons and The Importance of Being Earnest

­Traditionally, drama has been an outlet for the extraordinary; only fairly recently with more modernist plays have the focus been shifted onto more ordinary lives. Greek tragedy follows the fall of a noble protagonist; by comparison, domestic tragedy as in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons revolves around ordinary people who are tested by crisis. Meanwhile, … Read moreOrdinary People Create Drama: A Comparison of All My Sons and The Importance of Being Earnest

Society, Family, Catharsis: Male Protagonists in ‘All My Sons’ and ‘The Cement Garden’

Ian McEwan’s controversial, macabre bildungsroman, ‘The Cement Garden’, and Arthur Miller’s Ibsen-inspired domestic tragedy, “All My Sons”, both profoundly explore societal and familial demands and expectations laid upon men in these epochs-1946 and 1978 respectively. Aristotle’s definition of an ideal protagonist is “a man who is not eminently good and just, yet whose misfortune is … Read moreSociety, Family, Catharsis: Male Protagonists in ‘All My Sons’ and ‘The Cement Garden’