All My Sons

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Frank Lubey Character Analysis

The Kellers’ neighbor on the other side, Frank was too old to be drafted, and this has caused him to place a great deal of emphasis on numerology and astrology. Frank has been constructing an astrological chart for Larry, to determine where and if he died; it is also shown that Frank and Annie had a thwarted courtship before the war.

Frank Lubey Quotes in All My Sons

The All My Sons quotes below are all either spoken by Frank Lubey or refer to Frank Lubey. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin edition of All My Sons published in 2000.
Act 1 Quotes

Well, a favorable day for a person is a fortunate day, according to his stars. In other words it would be practically impossible for him to have died on his favorable day.

Related Characters: Frank Lubey (speaker), Larry Keller
Page Number: 8
Explanation and Analysis:

Frank is an openly superstitious character. He has spent his time since the war living in suburbia, working a job, and reading astrological charts for information on Larry Keller's disappearance. From the beginning, then, Miller's play is concerned with the line between rational understanding, belief, and superstition. Most of the other characters are not as explicitly superstitious as Frank, but they nevertheless each have, in their way, their own non-rational understandings of how events played out during and after the Second World War. 

Despite this, the other characters, with the exception of Kate Keller, seem not to pay too much serious attention to the idea that Larry is still alive. But the very slim possibility—that he has been waiting out the war, that he was captured—appears to keep the family together. This frustrated potential for Larry's return is symbolized by the tree in the front yard—a tree the Kellers planted to memorialize Larry, but which Kate now feels might have been put in the ground prematurely. 

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Frank Lubey Character Timeline in All My Sons

The timeline below shows where the character Frank Lubey appears in All My Sons. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
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As the play begins, Frank Lubey, Joe’s neighbor on the side of the property opposite Jim’s, enters the backyard and... (full context)
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Frank asks Joe what’s happened to a tree in the backyard, a tree Joe reveals was... (full context)
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Frank then notices Jim (he hadn’t seen him before in the yard), and Jim tells Frank... (full context)
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...sensitive about her body, feigns jealousy, since the patient on the phone is female. Lydia Lubey, Frank’s wife, enters the lawn through the hedges and tells Frank that the toaster is... (full context)
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Frank comes over and says hello; Annie remarks that Frank is growing bald, and Kate tells... (full context)
Act 2
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...Lydia comes over and shyly says hello to George; it appears that, like Annie and Frank, George and Lydia had a long-ago courtship, and George is surprised to learn that Lydia... (full context)
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Lydia tells George that she wound up with Frank, in part, because Frank never went to war, but always “just missed” the draft by... (full context)
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...wants her to, but George is now saying he wants to take Annie away immediately. Frank comes over, at this inopportune moment, to say he has finished his astrological calculations, and... (full context)