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									Read through the quotes and write “selfish” or “unselfish” after the quotes. You must find at
least six quotes that prove Joe Keller is selfish AND at least six quotes that prove Joe Keller is
unselfish. You must be able to explain your choices.

The house is two stories high and                      Keller: I’m going to build you a
had seven rooms. It would have                         house, stone, with a driveway from
cost perhaps fifteen thousand in                       the road. I want you to spread
the early twenties when it was built                   out, Chris, I want you to use what
(Miller 5).                                            I made for you… I mean, with joy,
                                                       Chris, without shame… with joy
Keller: She thinks he's coming                         (Miller 38).
back, Chris. You marry that girl
and you're pronouncing him dead.                       Keller: Look, Chris, I’ll go to work
Now what's going to happen to                          on Mother for you. We’ll get her so
Mother. Do you know? I don't                           drunk tonight we’ll get married!
(Miller 16-17).                                        There’s gonna be a wedding, kid,
                                                       like there never was seen! ( Miller
                                                       39)

Keller: Kid, walkin' down the street                   Keller: I been thinkin’, why should
that day I was guilty as hell.                         he knock himself out in New York
Except I wasn't, and there was a                       with that cut-throat competition,
court paper in my pocket to prove I                    when I got so many friends here;
wasn't, I and I walked… past… the                      I’m very friendly with some big
porches. Result? Fourteen months                       lawyers in town. I could set
later I had one of the best shops in                   George up here (Miller 48).
the state again, a respected man
again; bigger than ever (Miller 30).
                                                       Keller : My only accomplishment is
Ann: Don't yell at him. He just                        my son (Miller 49).
wants everybody happy.
Keller: [clasps her around the                         Keller: I want him to know, Annie…
waist] That's my sentiments. Can                       while he's sitting there I want him
you stand steak? (Miller 33)                           to know that when he gets out he's
                                                       got a place waitin' for him. It'll
Chris: I felt wrong to be alive, to                    take his bitterness away. To know
open the bank-book, to drive the                       you got a place… it sweetens you
new car, to see the new                                (Miller 49).
refrigerator (Miller 36).
                                                       Keller: And I don't understand why
Keller: I want a clean start for you,                  she has to crucify the man… A
Chris. I want a new sign over the                      father is a father! (Miller 49).
plant – Christopher Keller,
Incorporated.                                          George: He's a little man. That's
Chris: [a little uneasily] J.O. Keller                 what happens to suckers, you
is good enough (Miller 38).                            know. It's good I went to him in
                                                       time – another year there'd be
                                                       nothing left but his smell (Miller
                                                       53).
Read through the quotes and write “selfish” or “unselfish” after the quotes. You must find at
least six quotes that prove Joe Keller is selfish AND at least six quotes that prove Joe Keller is
unselfish. You must be able to explain your choices.

George: I saw your factory on the
way from the station. It looks like
General Motors (Miller 62).                            Keller: I'm askin' you. What am I,
                                                       a stranger? I thought I had a
                                                       family here. What happened to my
                                                       family? (Miller 75).
Keller: That's the way they do,
George. A little man makes a
mistake and they hang him by the
thumbs; the big ones become                            Keller: There's nothin' he could do
ambassadors (Miller 63).                               that I wouldn't forgive. Because
                                                       he's my son ...I'm his father and
Keller: There are certain men in                       he's my son, and if there's
the world who rather see                               something bigger than that I'll put
everybody hung before they'll take                     a bullet in my head! (Miller 77).
blame. You understand me,
George? (Miller 63).

                                                       Keller: You have no strength. The
                                                       minute there's trouble you have no
George: [to Ann] He simply told                        strength.
your father to kill pilots, and                        Mother: Joe, you're doing the same
covered himself in bed! (Miller 67)                    thing again; all your life whenever
                                                       there's trouble you yell at me and
Keller: You lay forty years into a                     you think that settles it (Miller 76).
business and they knock you out in
five minutes, what could I do, let
them take forty years, let them
take my life away? (Miller 69).                        Keller: How can I pay?
                                                       Mother: Tell him… you're willing to
                                                       go to prison (Miller 76).

Keller: Chris… Chris, I did it for
you, it was a chance and I took it
for you (Miller 70).                                   Keller: I don't know what you
                                                       mean! You wanted money, so I
                                                       made money. What must I be
                                                       forgive? You wanted money, didn't
Chris: For me! I was dying every                       you? (Miller 76).
day and you were killing my boys
and you did it for me? What the                        Keller : For you, Kate, for both of
hell do you think I was thinking of,                   you, that's all I ever lived for
the Goddam business? Is that as                        (Miller 78).
far as your mind can see, the
business? (Miller 70).
Read through the quotes and write “selfish” or “unselfish” after the quotes. You must find at
least six quotes that prove Joe Keller is selfish AND at least six quotes that prove Joe Keller is
unselfish. You must be able to explain your choices.

Keller: Who worked for nothin' in
that war?… It's dollars and cents,
nickels and dimes; war and peace,
it's nickels and dimes, what's
clean? Half the Goddam country is
gotta go if I go! (Miller 82).



Chris:    I know you're no worse
than most men but I thought you
were better. I never saw you as a
man. I saw you as my father
(Miller 82).



Keller: Sure, he was my son. But I
think to him they were all my sons.
And I guess they were, I guess
they were (Miller 83).



[A shot is heard in the house.
They stand frozen for brief
second.] (Miller 84).

								
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