Annie and George both escape to New York in order to obtain some anonymity, following the trial that put their father, Steve, in jail, and ruined the family name in the small town. The play opens in the hedged-in backyard of the Keller home, with Joe Keller, head of the family, father of two boys, husband to Katie Keller, sitting outside reading the paper alongside his friend and neighbor Dr. Just then his fat wife enters, nagging him about a patient's phone call. Because of this, over twenty American pilots died. Keller enters, and Mother is unable to prevent Chris from reading Larry's letter aloud. Chris returns and says that he is not going to send his father to jail, because that would accomplish nothing and his family practicality has finally overcome his idealism. Kate still believes, or wants to believe, that Annie, too, is waiting for Larry to return.
The note basically confirms Mother's belief that if Larry is dead, then Keller is responsible--not because Larry's plane had the defective parts, but because Larry killed himself in response to the family responsibility and shame due to the defective parts. The note basically confirms Mother's belief that if Larry is dead, then Keller is responsible--not because Larry's plane had the defective parts, but because Larry killed himself in response to the family responsibility and shame due to the defective parts. However the content of the letter was kept secret by Ann because of her selfish motive to get married to Chris who is Larrys brother. Now they just have to figure out how to tell Kate. Under pressure from the army to keep up the output, Steve Deever called Keller, who had not yet come into work that morning, to ask what he should do. After three years, Kate still clings to the hope that her son is alive.
Meanwhile, overseas, Larry received word about the first conviction. He also says that he is going to leave and that Ann will not be going with him, because he fears that she will forever wordlessly ask him to turn his father in to the authorities. If Larry is dead, Mother claims, then it means that Keller killed him by shipping out those defective parts. Joe makes this distinction, we find out later, because he himself feels that, though what he did was wrong, he nevertheless did it for a good reason—to help his family. Soon after Ann's arrival, her brother George follows, straight from visiting his father in prison. But finally the content of the letter is revealed to Kate Keller by Ann because the former is still refusing the union of Ann and Chris. He's reading the paper too.
Moreover she did not want to break the harmony of the home of her would be In laws. Chris pulls closer to his father and continues talking. Chris asks; Ann says yes. They have only one sadness in their lives — the loss of their other son, Larry, who went missing in. But Joe is preoccupied with this phone call.
It is never explained to whom Bert is related, or how Joe comes to know Bert. She's happy the tree blew down, because it affirms for her that Larry is still alive. Kate complains that many women whose husbands or boyfriends died in the war wasted no time in finding new spouses. They were in a rush to memorialize him with that tree. He says that he is going into the house to get a jacket, and then he will drive to the jail and turn himself in.
Joe is exonerated and released and the entire blame shifts to Steve who remains in jail. Kate reminds Joe of the other Americans presumed lost in the war who have returned home, but Joe says the chances of Larry returning are very slim. He had gone to visit Steve in jail to tell him that his daughter was getting married, and then he left newly convinced that his father was innocent. George is reassured until Mother accidentally says that Keller has not been sick in fifteen years. Joe Keller has been running a successful factory for decades. Ann asks to drop the subject of her father.
To conclude, It can be said that the Larrys letter is indeed of prime importance in making Joe Keller realise his fault, but who unfortunately has a tragic end. A little small talk, and then Frank mentions Ann's father. So they talk about steak and champagne instead, and Keller exits. Steve, here and elsewhere, is described as a man who seems to know right from wrong, but is too nervous to stand up for what he believes in, especially in the face of the overwhelming pressure that Joe seemed capable of asserting within the company. During the war, Keller's and Deever's manufacturing plant had a very profitable contract with the U. Chris and Joe look at the shorn tree that once memorialized Larry.
Joe grumbles about needing a maid around the house to help his wife, and Kate reminds Joe that they have a maid, and that today is her day off. She also talks to Ann and continues insisting that Larry is alive. Ann is forced to show Mother the letter that Larry wrote to her before he died, which was essentially a suicide note. If Larry is dead, Mother claims, then it means that Keller killed him by shipping out those defective parts. She realizes that Chris wants her to say that Annie looks beautiful, because Chris himself is in love with Annie. He was afraid that Joe and the military would be displeased with the mistake, so he kept quiet about it.
All My Sons, Arthur Miller's first commercially successful play, opened at the Coronet Theatre in New York on January 29, 1947. Mother demands that Keller in particular should believe that Larry is alive, because if he is not, then their son's blood is on Keller's hands. He chose to follow his heart. Listen up, pop, he says — I'm going to propose to Annie. Larry then went out to fly a mission, during which he broke out of formation and crashed his plane, killing himself. Joe and Kate Keller had two sons, Chris and Larry.