Academic journal article Cross - Cultural Communication

The Sense of Isolation in Arthur Miller's All My Sons: A Postmodernist Study/LE SENS D'ISOLEMENT DANS TOUS MES FILS D'ARTHUR MILLER : UNE ÉTUDE DE POST-MODERNISTE

Academic journal article Cross - Cultural Communication

The Sense of Isolation in Arthur Miller's All My Sons: A Postmodernist Study/LE SENS D'ISOLEMENT DANS TOUS MES FILS D'ARTHUR MILLER : UNE ÉTUDE DE POST-MODERNISTE

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Miller's All my Sons no doubt can be considered an outstanding masterpiece which shows not only the nature of the Second World War but also the nature and the multifaceted features of business targeted and politicized wars which do not seem to come to a stoppage. Lots of researchers have worked on this play, but this study aims at having a postmodern look at All my Sons. It makes an attempt to break the shackles of the so-called logical reasoning and calculations of modernism and bring the issue in a free and honest bedrock. It tries to give a postmodern disclosure to the isolation and alienation of man, which have been inherited from the calculating modern world of enlightenment and rationalism.

Key words: Arthur Miller; Isolation; Postmodern; Research; Alienation

Resumé: Il n'y a aucun doute qu'on peut considérer que "Tous mes Fils" de Miller un chef-d'oeuvre remarquable(qui montre non seulement la nature de la Seconde guerre mondiale, mais aussi la nature et les caractéristique à facettes multiples d'affaire qui ont été cibles et politisées de guerres qui ne semblent pas venir à une interruption. Beaucoup de chercheurs a travaillé sur ce sujet, mais cette étude vise à avoir un regard de post-moderne dans "Tous mes Fils". Il fait une tentative de casser les chaînes du raisonnement logique prétendu et des calculs de modernisme et apporte la question dans un socle rocheux libre et honnête. Il essaye de donner une révélation post-moderne à l'isolement et à l'aliénation d'homme, qui a été hérité du monde moderne prévoyant d'éclaircissement et le rationalisme.

Mots-clés: Arthur Miller; Isolement; Post-moderne; Recherche; Aliénation


This study deals with the interpretation and analysis of isolation in Miller's All My Sons in the light of postmodem study. To this aim, first the Isolated Family in All My Sons is briefly analyzed, then Postmodernism is introduced, which is followed by a close postmodern study of the play, and finally the study comes to its conclusion by displaying the significance of the postmodern traits applied in the play showing the sense of isolation.


All my Sons is one of Arthur Miller's well-remembered plays. Miller has been inspired from a true story. As Hooti and Maleki (2009, pp.45-57) quote from Miller that,

The source of inspiration of All My Sons was from a story told by a pious lady from the Middle West about a neighborhood family that had been destroyed when the daughter turned the father in to the authorities on discovering that he had been selling faulty machinery to the Army during World Warn.

Miller in his play shows the isolation of the Kellers by giving the stage a feeling of isolation: "The stage is hedged on right and left by tall, closely planted poplars which lend the yard a secluded atmosphere" (Miller, 1947, p. 58, henceforth Miller). For Joe Keller, there is no outside world beyond his family and his job. His yard is surrounded by picket fence. Then we can see his bounded world. There is no comprehension for him of what is going on in the outside world. If he is guilty, it is not because of his evil intentions, but because of his ignorance.

Our feeling at the beginning of the play is that self-made Joe, devoted Kate and loving Chris appear to be a perfect family. Their self-deception and guilt is laid bare as the play develops. Their nature is revealed as they react to the crisis that arises "whenever the hand of the distant past reaches out of its grave ... to reveal some unreadable hidden order behind the amoral chaos of events." "That emergence," says Miller (1973), "is the point of All My Sons - that there are times when things do indeed cohere" (vii).

The only outside world for Keller is his business. Therefore, he is reflecting the values of this world. The business world does not have human values. Thus Miller puts part of blame for Keller's action on the consumer society and business world which its values are fake. …

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