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All My Sons The Production of a Conscience for Broadway Inheritors o Don’t actually inherit until you decide on what to do o Not just material, decision on what to do with the material o Struggle between moving forward with the college or preserving the tradition o Way to compensate for the guilt of owning Blackhawk’s land was to create a college which was more valuable than simply the land (place of knowledge) o Madeline can only do something with money bc it has been invested by outside sources Includes sacrifice of her own position Is willing to separate from Morton College in the name of the change by indicating her commitment to the change and her courage and love at the core of the decision In contrast with father’s decision not to change Isolationist stance and world leader stance America for Americans or America as the leader of a league of nations Presents tension without producing a decisive scene to resolve it All My Sons o After WWII and nation is filled with sacrifice, moral cost, death o Miller as the Antithesis of O’Neill Unlike O’Neill, Miller believed that, when linked to a social problem, melodrama cultivated ethical responsibility After WWII, he staged a conflict between the pre-war generation, for whom the Great Depression was the defining event, and the post-WWII generation The question at the heart of the play: How can post war US culture sustain the collective responsibility WWII fostered?

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