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Disillusionment In All My Sons By Arthur Miller

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Disillusionment in All My Sons by Arthur Miller

One of the central themes of All My Sons is the disillusionment of the young, and this theme can be traced through the character Chris, who comes to be disenchanted with his family, society and himself by realizing that none of these is as moral as he once believed. When he finally finds out through questioning his father that his father is, in fact, guilty of knowingly shipping out the cracked cylinder heads, he says to his father “What the hell are you? You’re not even an animal, no animal kills his own, what are you? What must I do to you? I ought to tear the tongue out of your mouth, what must I do?” This is the point where Chris becomes disillusioned with his family. His father is guilty of doing the crime, and his mother is guilty of hiding the information. Chris now believes that his father is worse than an animal and is disgusted that he has lived with his parents since the crime happened without being aware of it. He sees his parents now as evil people rather than role models, and feels that if even his parents are capable of such a thing, then society as a whole must be the same or worse, because he tells his father that he once believed him to be better than most men. He says “That’s the principle; the only one we live by – it just happened to kill a few people this time, that’s all.

The world’s that way, how can I take it out on him?” He now believes that everyone in society is only looking out for his or her own best interest, without caring what happens to anyone else, and this disgusts him. He is disgusted with himself, as well, because he realizes that he...

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