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 with Chris
Larry’s brother and they wanted to get married. But since the mother
still thinks that Larry is alive she is totally against it and doesn’t
want them to marry which causes great problems between Larry and her.
At first Mother has no idea that they have plans to marry, but she is
suspicious about it. She tries to frighten Larry into not marrying Ann
by saying,“ He’s coming back, and everybody has got to wait.” Ann
notices how mother is trying to push Chris down so he doesn’t marry
Ann as Ann says, “You made Chris feel very guilty about me.” He knows
that by marrying Ann he is showing everyone that Larry’s dead, which
means his mother will have to accept it.
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
But one of the main role of Larry’s...