All My Sons

George Deever Character Analysis

Annie’s brother, George has also given up all ties to Steve following Steve’s trial, but when George hears that Annie wishes to marry Chris, George goes from New York to Columbus to seek out Steve and hear from him, once and for all, whether Joe was also guilty of the production of the faulty parts. George comes to the small town to attempt to prevent Annie from marrying Chris, and George’s arrival heralds the revelation that Joe ordered Steve to caulk over the parts, a revelation that ultimately causes Joe to kill himself.

George Deever Quotes in All My Sons

The All My Sons quotes below are all either spoken by George Deever or refer to George Deever. 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 2 Quotes

. . . you and George . . . go to prison and tell him [Steve] . . . “Dad, Joe wants to bring you into the business when you get out.”
You’d have him as a partner?
No, no partner. A good job.

Related Characters: Joe Keller (speaker), Ann Deever (speaker), Ann Deever, George Deever, Steve Deever
Page Number: 49
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How is he [Steve]?
He got smaller
Smaller?
Yeah, little. He’s a little man. That’s what happens to suckers, you know. It’s good I went to him in time—another year there’d be nothing left but his smell.

Related Characters: Ann Deever (speaker), George Deever (speaker), Steve Deever
Page Number: 53
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The court didn’t know your father! But you know him. You know in your heart Joe did it.

Related Characters: George Deever (speaker), Joe Keller, Chris Keller
Page Number: 55
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And now you’re going to listen to me, George. You had big principles, Eagle Scouts the three of you [Larry, George, Chris] . . . Stop being a philosopher, and look after yourself. Like Joe was just saying—you move back here, he’ll help you get set, and I’ll find you a girl and put a smile on your face.

Related Characters: Kate Keller (speaker), Joe Keller, Chris Keller, George Deever, Larry Keller
Page Number: 61
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You, Joe . . . you’re amazingly the same.
Say, I ain’t got time to get sick.
He hasn’t been laid up in fifteen years.
Except my flu during the war.

Related Characters: Joe Keller (speaker), Kate Keller (speaker), George Deever (speaker)
Page Number: 65
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George Deever Character Timeline in All My Sons

The timeline below shows where the character George Deever appears in All My Sons. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
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...now the Bayliss house, and played around with the Keller boys along with her brother, George. Jim is called back to his house by Sue, for another phone call with a... (full context)
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...and briefly teases the two of them for kissing, then tells Annie that her brother, George, is on the line, long-distance, from Columbus. Annie is doubly shocked: to hear that George... (full context)
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Annie goes inside to answer George’s phone call. Chris tells his father that he and Annie are getting married, and Joe... (full context)
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After Chris insists that Annie’s visit would have nothing to do with George, and that Annie harbors no grudge against Joe for her father’s fate (in fact, she... (full context)
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...drive, and the two exit to do so. Kate comes outside and warns Joe that George’s arrival can’t bode well—George, now a lawyer living in New York, would need a significant... (full context)
Act 2
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...always sleeps when he’s worried—and that Chris has to “protect” Kate and Joe from whatever George wants with the family, when he visits. Kate believes that George has never given up... (full context)
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...still politely objects, to Kate, to the idea that Annie has anything to do with George’s visit. Annie comes outside, and Kate goes inside to get ready for dinner. Annie and... (full context)
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...but Annie replies that she has given up her own father; she also says that George’s visit is probably not in the form of a marital “blessing,” and that Chris must... (full context)
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...outside. Joe tells Annie, quite seriously, that he’s been thinking, and that he could set George up with a lawyer job in the small town, and, additionally, could probably find a... (full context)
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Jim arrives with George—he has picked George up at the train station—and, leaving George in the car, Jim walks... (full context)
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George then says hello, gruffly, to Sue, and asks whether she and Jim are the people... (full context)
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George then asks Annie, gruffly, if she’s married yet to Chris; Annie says she’s not yet... (full context)
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George tells Annie and Chris, in the yard, that Joe ordered Steve, on the phone three... (full context)
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Chris tells George that his father is a timid man who wants to shift the blame to someone... (full context)
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But Kate comes outside and, sensing there is trouble, tries to soothe George, talking about his favorite foods, which she says she’ll cook for him, and about the... (full context)
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Lydia tells George that she wound up with Frank, in part, because Frank never went to war, but... (full context)
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At this, Joe comes downstairs and strains his “joviality” to welcome George. He asks how George is doing, and how Steve is; George says Steve seems “sick”... (full context)
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Kate comes outside again and finally convinces George to stay for dinner and get on the midnight train instead; George seems ready to... (full context)
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...back out to announce that she’s packed Annie’s bag, and that Annie can leave with George. Chris and Annie both say that Annie will only leave when Chris wants her to,... (full context)
Act 3
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...Jim that Annie is upstairs in her room, and that she has been there since George took his cab away from the Keller house. (full context)
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...Chris and Joe over Annie, but Kate tells him, flat-out, that the argument was about George and Steve. Jim reveals that he has known, too, that Joe was responsible for the... (full context)