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Never Seen But Still Important How We never meet the man yet he still plays an integral role in the plot How can this be This concept is exactly what happens in the play All My Sons as pertains to the role of Larry Although Larry never actually appears in the play he affects the plot and the characters specifically Kate in key ways Arthur Miller does this by revolving the conflicts and their closures around Larrys character Let us start with the marriage of Chris and Ann and the problems surrounding it Chris and Ann want to get married but are worried about how it will affect Kate due to her belief that Larry is still alive Kate believes that Ann therefore should remain faithful to him We see Kates belief in her lines emotionally You think of him You see Triumphantly She thinks of him pg 23 This shows that Kate wants Ann to think of Larry waiting for him to return and that marriage to another man especially Larrys brother is unacceptable Next we must consider the issue of trust between Chris and his father concerning whether Joe is responsible for the pilots crashing and indirectly the death of Larry Chris believes that if Joe is responsible he therefore belongs in jail When Joe hears Larrys suicide letter he reacts by saying Sure he was my son But I think to him they were all my sons And I guess they were pg 79 This shows us that it was Larrys letter that caused Joes suicide and lead to Chris certainty that Joe was guilty Finally Larry does affect Kates character Kate is obsessed with her unfounded belief that Larry is alive She is the only character in the book that believes this and therefore goes to many extremes such as getting Larrys horoscopes and keeping his room exactly the way he left it with his clothes
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