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Critical Analysis of Exposition:

            Exposition Critical Analysis: "All My Sons".
             Act One of the play "All my Sons" by Arthur Miller is too long and drawn out because the author takes too much time setting the suburban scene. There are a few points which emphasize this. The broken tree is thought to be the starting catalyst but it is soon recognized to be nothing more than a filling of space once the phone call is received. One of the other main "space-fillers" in Act One is the mentioning of Keller's shotgun. It takes the author much too long to bring the topic up and finally get the message across. .
             Around the middle of Act One, the Mother enters the play and engages a lot of talk which is basically meaningless to the play and doesn't help to move it along into Act Two. Larry's tree, which is at first seen to be the catalyst soon loses its purpose and its use as it is eventually seen that it is of no real importance. .
             Joe Keller's shotgun, which is used in the final pages of the play, is brought up in a very drawn out, unnecessary way. This is again a show of a weakness in Miller's writing. There is too much time spent on meaningless dialogue and not enough of the main points which are needed to move the play onto the next act. .
             The Act finally ends with the catalyst: the phone call which informs the audience of George's arrival in a short while. It is the catalyst because it is the crucial device which moves the play onto the next act. The exposition doesn't seem to have the same fluidity as the second and third acts as events just seem to spontaneously happen conveniently and one right after the other.
             In conclusion, the exposition in "All my Sons" is too long and drawn out. Arthur Miller spends too much time setting up his suburban scene and doesn't spend enough time focusing on the real conflict which is Father vs. Son.

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