All My Sons : The Influence of Larry Essay

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All My Sons : The Influence of Larry

In the book All My Sons, Larry has a big influence on the play. He is part of many of the problems shown in the book. Larry was Joe Keller’s older son and was reported missing three years before the time when the play is set. One of the first things mentioned is that Larry’s tree had been broken down by a gust of wind. You find out that the tree, being Larry’s tree really meant something to the family as Frank says “What’d Kate say?” this shows that it symbolised something important. Larry plays an important part even though he doesn’t show up at any point in the play.

Larry was Ann’s boyfriend and they were about to get married when
Larry went missing in the war. Ann then fell in love
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The mother is completely obsessed about Larry and how he is going to appear again. She forces everyone to agree with her that he’s not dead, but Chris and Keller think the total opposite. This creates a family problem Keller’s wife wants everyone to believe he is alive even though they don’t think he is. In the end this causes a fight were the mother starts acting madly and seems to preach out what she feels as she says “Till he comes; for ever and ever till he comes!” she seems to tell it as if It was from the bible and everyone has to believe it and stick to what she thinks or the whole family will fall apart. But one of the main role of Larry’s influence is that the fact whether his father killed him or not holds together the whole family. The situation is like a thin frail shell that can break very easily and it does. Joe and Ann’s father are accused of shipping out cracked cylinder heads in the war this killed 21 people. Joe was found innocent while Ann’s father was sent to jail. But it was the other way round. Joe was guilty and Ann’s father was innocent. Kate knows this so she has an agreement with Joe that if she says he’s innocent Joe has to back her up in thinking that Larry was still alive, because if
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