Quotes from All My Sons by Arthur Miller Essay

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Quotes from All My Sons by Arthur Miller

CHARACTORS

Joe Keller

“I saw your factory on the way from the stations. It looks like general motors”p150

Allusion-Savy businessman

“Well that’s only your business, Chris”p100

Inability to stand up to Kate

“in hopeless fury, looks at her, turns around, goes up the porch, and into the house slamming screen door violently behind him” p126

Shows he can be neurotic

“Chris… Chris, I did it for you…For you! A business for you.”p158

Keller deals with guilt by blaming others and unfortunately taints his love for his son

“A man can’t be a Jesus in this world”p169

Allusion He is realistic but slightly jaded you can try to fulfil your moral and social responsibility

“I’m his father and he’s my son and if there’s something bigger than that I’ll put a bullet in my head!”p163

Dramatic irony and prolepsis- family is the most important thing for him commendable but leads to his downfall as he convinces himself that he shipped the cylinder heads for his family rather than himself

“(Chris with admiration) Joe McGuts”p116

He is very brave

“But I think to him they were all my sons. And I guess they were” p170

Recognition that he has social responsibility can’t live with the realisation

“I can’t sleep here; I’ll feel better if I go”p170

He shows determination there is a metaphorical recognition that he needs to die he is admirable even in death

“The…man who knows how many minutes a day his workers spend in the toilet” p59

He has worked hard to be successful he has tried to follow the American dream

“I’m surprised you remember his birthday, Frank. That’s nice.”p91

Exudes self-confidence and likeability

“I want a clean start for you, Chris” p124

Does love his son

“Joe wants to bring you into the business when you get out”p135

Emphaises his benign nature by referring to himself in the third person-When he gets scared he tries to buy people off

Kate Keller

“If I tell this to Mother and she has a fit about it” p100

Shows Kate is mentally unstable, has not accepted that Larry is dead and is protected by Joe and Chris. Adds to the tension of the play as we realise she might not be able to hold it together

“Your brother’s alive, darling, because if he’s dead, your father killed him…God does not let a son be killed by his father” p156

Dramatic irony Kate reveals her supposition and her desperation to keep Larry alive in her mind as her argument is not a good one

“(Mother smashes him across the face)”p155

Onomatopoeia-Shows she is capable of violence

“It takes a certain talent-for lying. You have it and I do. But not him” p160

Shows that Kate has known about Keller’s deceit all along. Highlights the theme of deceit

“(She finds herself reaching out for the glass of water and aspirin)” p109

From a Freudian view point her emotional turmoil is manifesting itself as physical illness

“Be smart now, Joe. The boy is coming. Be smart” p126

Repetion-Shows that she wants to manipulate George

“(frightened at the thought you can’t say that to her)” p99

Shows she is a difficult character to understand and is neurotic as even her husband and son don’t know how she’s going to react

“He hasn’t been laid up in fifteen years” p152

Colloquial-Shows her careless side and shows she is a little bit stupid

“The minute there’s trouble you have no strength”p162

Uses illness to manipulate characters to act benignly towards her

“Forget now. Live”p171

Clearly loves Chris

“I ‘m smarter than any of you”p148

Shows she knows she can manipulate them

“I’ll find you a girl and put a smile on your face.. You remember Mr Macy’s daughter” p149

Clich�d-Shows her manipulation can be a benign force

Chris Keller

“Because sometimes I think you’re… ashamed of the money”p124

Hesitation dosen’t want to talk about crime Reveals Keller’s suspicion that Chris is aware of his crime. It shows that Chris is an idealist

“Oh, Chris, you’re a liar to yourself”p143

Shows Chris is self-deceiving

“Everytime I reach out for something I have to pull back because other people will suffer”p100

Shows he is selfless

“Oh Annie, I’m going to make a fortune for you!”p122

Hypocritical of Chris shows an idealism commercialism clash

“It’s time she realised that nobody believes Larry is alive anymore”

Only acts on his idealism when it suits him has let Kate pretend that Larry is alive for the last three years until he wants to marry his wife shows his hypocrisy

“But I’m just like everyone else now”p166

Shows Chris’ arrogance in thinking that he was special

“I’m practical now. You made me practical”p166

Repetition of practical highlights it’s significanceSignals Chris’s conversion from Idealism to pragmatism

“A man can be a Jesus in this world”p169

Idea of Chris as Christ figure if you take his name metaphorically just add t to his name this is reinforced by this quotation

Ann Dever

“I’d like you to tell him that Larry is dead and you know it” p165

Stands up for what she thinks is right

“It’s wrong to pity a man like that. Father or no Father”p117

Ashamed of her Father’s role in the shop incident and deludes herself that Keller is right based on very little evidence

“I want you to set him free and then I promise you everything will end”p164

Ann tires of moral responsibility like Chris she loses her idealism and becomes more realistic she abandons her father for a chance to be happy

“The female version” of Chrisp132

Gives up her idealism for pragmatism (starting a new life with Chris) is responsible for tragedy

“This is filthy, didn’t you bring another shirt?”p138

Ann acts as a maternal force for George

“You understand me? I’m not going out of here alone. There’s no life for me that way. P164

Determined to get what she wants won’t listen to others

George Dever

“say, you’ve gotten a little nervous, haven’t you”p139

Uncomfortable in the role of justice

“Because you believed it” p143

Trusts Chris

“I’ll find you a girl and put a smile on your face”p149

Clich�d-He is swayed by the promise of a happy and easy life

“You look terrible, George”p150

Standing up for his father has taken a toll

“I told you to marry that girl”

Lost out by being in the war

Jim and Sue Bayliss

“It takes a certain talent for lying. You have it and I do. But not him”p160

Jim wants to be idealistic but has sold out to become a good father

“I… studied a certain disease. It was beautiful. And then she came, and she cried. And I went back home with her. And now I live in the usual darkness” p160

Repetition of she and her Jim sacrifices his dream of being a researcher and his idealism

“I told her to take up the guitar. It’d be a common intrest for them” p110

Kate believes the Bayliss’ have too little in common

“Everybody knows Joe pulled a fast one to get out of Jail” p131

Colloquial-Show that the neighbourhood think Joe’s guilty foreshadows revelation that he is adds tension

“They give him credit for being smart” p132

Colloquial-Show that Keller is well liked and respected

Frank and Lydia Lubey

“I’ve studied the stars of his life! Somewhere in this world your brother is alive!”p154

Satirical and dramatic irony Discredits fate as a force in this play as Larry is dead

“Does dad expect a parole soon?” p114

Both have a habit of making tactless comments which makes them disagreeable despite their amicable nature

“You’re still making your own clothes? Ain’t she classy” p147

Demonstrative of a couple living the American dream

THEMES

Confession

“The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds come home to roost” Miller

There is always the discovery of the past and a confession this is what makes a good tragedy

“Forget Now. Live”p171

Short scentances-The confession is for the better

“[Desperately. Lost]”p164

The confession evokes pity/fear

“The star of one’s honesty… he (Chris) probably just wanted to be alone to watch his star go out”p160

This is the effect a confession has on others

“[hopless fury]”p126

Simile Causes anger

“I was afraid”p158

Difficult to confess emphasised by short sentences

“I’m not trying to hurt you Kate” “My God”p165-166

Confession usually causes pain

Guilt and Shame

“It’s wrong to pity a man like that. Father or no Father”p117

Colloquial-Ashamed of her Father’s role in the shop incident

“Chris… Chris, I did it for you…For you! A business for you.”p158

Keller deals with guilt by blaming others

“What am I, a stranger? I thought I had a family here, what happened to my family?”p161

Repetition of family Guilt and shame plays a role in the development of Keller’s relationship with his father

“I can’t look at you this way, I can’t look at myself”p168

Keller’s confession leads to shame for Chris

“(She finds herself reaching out for the glass of water and aspirin)”p109

Kate is so ashamed of her deception she has a mental and physical breakdown from a Freudian viewpoint

“(a shot is heard in the house)”p171

Shame and guilt over the cylinder heads could arguably lead to this but I think If this had been the case Keller would have killed himself a long time ago instead I think larry and Chris’s disownal of him and his realisation that he has a social responsibility cause him to kill himself he tries to make amends by killing himself and thus exonerating steeve and his family

“I can’t live with myself anymore”p169

Larry kills himself because of guilt that he has helped build a business that has killed American pilots and shame that his father and father-in-law have made a decision that kills his compatriots.

“They killed themselves for each other”p121

Chris has survivors guilt he feels responsible for everyone

Deception

“I suspected my father and did nothing about it”p166

Chris is self-deceiving

“But there’s God so certain thing s can never happen…Ann, you know I’m right!” p113

Dramatic irony-Kate is self deceiving she gives a flimsy argument and clearly doesn’t truly believe that Larry will come back as she’s horrible to Ann so if he ever does come back Ann will not want Kate to be part of their life

“It takes a certain talent for lying. You have it and I do. But he (Chris) doesn’t”p160

This is Chris’ tragic flaw

“Poplars cut off view” p89

Delusion that Keller can cut himself off from the world

Loss

“I’m practical now. You made me Practical”p166

Repetition of practical Chris sacrifices his idealism for his family

“I… studied a certain disease. It was beautiful. And then she came, and she cried. And I went back home with her. And now I live in the usual darkness” p160

Repetition of she and her Jim sacrifices his dream of being a researcher

“Chris, I did it for you” p158

Keller sacrifices his morality for his family

“I thought I had a family here. What happened to my family? P161

Loss of relationship between Keller and Chris and Kate

“I told you to marry that girl” p148

Loss of future between George and Lydia

“It’s wrong to pity a man like that. Father or no father”p117

Colloquial Loss of relationship between Ann and Steve

“I was going to tell them… it was too late” p157

Clich�d Loss of opportunity to warn about the faulty parts

“four-foot high stump” p89

Symbolises the loss of Larry

“Because if he’s not coming back, then I’ll kill myself” p107

Bathos How Kate deals with loss of Larry = loss of mental stability

“We’re like at a railway station waiting for a train that never comes in” p106

Simile Chris deals with loss of Larry by trying to move on

“[Increasing demand]”p113

Conflict over different ways of dealing with the past and the loss of Larry each character tries to get their point across

“Those dear dead days beyond recall”p110

alliterationLoss of the benign past

“I want a clean start for you, Chris” p124

Idiom Deals with loss of past by breaking from it

“Let’s… raise some hell around here, like we used to before Larry went!” p110

idiomAnn deals with past by resurrecting it

Suicide

“I can’t bear to live any more”… “I read about dad being convicted”p169

Larry commits suicide because of guilt does this make him a coward or a tragic hero?

“If he’s not coming back I’ll kill myself”p107

Bathos Irony as Larry has killed himself foreshadows this discovery

“I’m his father and he’s my son and if there’s something bigger than that I’ll put a bullet in my head!”p163

Bathos Dramatic irony

“You stop that!” p163

Short scentance emphaises shockMother’s reaction to suicide

“[A shot is heard in the house]” p171

Keller’s reaction to Larry’s suicide

“They killed themselves for each other”p121

Chris has a different attitude to suicide than his parents

War profiteering

“What you have is loot and it has blood on it”p121

Metaphor Chris is ashamed of it

“Did they ship a gun or a truck out of Detroit before they got their price?”p168

Allusion-Realism argument it is too idealistic to expect people to work for nothing

“Chris, I did it for you” p158

Keller’s attitude is that war profiteering is fine if it is done for the family

“But I think to him they were all my sons. And I guess they were” p170

Shows Keller’s change of mind he can no longer justify war profiteering through his family he now believes he has social and moral responsibility

Moral Responsibility

“I… studied a certain disease. It was beautiful. And then she came, and she cried. And I went back home with her. And now I live in the usual darkness” p160

Repetition of she and her Jim neglected being true to himself

“The star of one’s honesty… he probably just wanted to be alone to watch his star go out”p160

Simile Lack of honesty from all characters even eventually Chris

“It’s wrong to pity a man like that. Father or no father”p117

Colloquial Lack of forgiveness from Ann and initially George

“I said he’s dead.I know!”p165

Ann shows moral responsibility when she bravely tries to convince broken pscyotic women that her son is dead as she has found out

“I can’t bear to live anymore”p169

Larry can’t forgive

“I want you to set him free and then I promise you everything will be at an end”p164

Metaphor Ann tires of moral responsibility

“I can’t look at you this way. I can’t look at myself”p169

Can’t emphasised Chris finds it hard to forgive and stay true to himself

“A man can’t be a Jesus in this world”p169

Allusion Keller lies about Steve and his involvement with the faulty parts

Social responsibility

“I’m his father and he’s my son and if there’s something bigger than that then I’ll put a bullet through my head”p163

Irony and bathos Keller’s initial delusion about social responsibility his journey through the play is the discovery that there is more than this

“But I think to him they were all my sons. And I guess they were” p170

Recognition that he has social responsibility can’t live with the realisation

“To him the world had a forty-foot front; it ended at the building line”p163

Shows Larry initially ignored his social responsibility

“I can’t bear to live any more”p169

Realises he has social responsibility and that he has been indirectly forced by his father to neglect this but does he neglect his social responsibility by killing himself taking a pilot away from benefiting his country?

Heroism

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself” Joseph Campbell (American folklorist)

A tragic hero is “A man not pre-eminently virtuous and just, whose misfortune however, is brought upon him not by vice or depravity but by some error of judgement” Aristotle

Miller was aware of this definition

“I’m his father and he’s my son and if there’s something bigger than that then I’ll put a bullet through my head”p163

Bathos and irony Joe is a hero according to Campbell’s definition

“Forget now. Live”p171

Short scentances show shock Through death he is able to save his family from long term suffering

“I can’t sleep here; I’ll feel better if I go”p170

He shows determination there is a metaphorical recognition that he needs to die

“Well that’s only your business Chris”p100

He doesn’t want to confront his wife so he becomes alienated from his son

Chris knows Keller is “no worse than no men. I thought you were better. I never saw you as a man. I saw you as my father”p168

Cylinder heads cause break with Chris and tragedy

“I suspected my father and did nothing about it”p166

Chris is self-deceiving although it could be argued that fate takes a part as Keller’s deception could have remained hidden from the outside world through the court paper. Keller’s mistake has already destroyed his family the real tragedy as everything he’s worked for has been for them “for you, a business for you”

“She finds herself reaching out for the glass of water and asprin”p109

Causes a mental and physical deterioration for Kate

“Oh my God”p166

Refuses to believe her son is dead despite all the evidence

“I’d hoped that if I waited, mother would forget Larry and then we’d have a regular wedding and everything happy, but if that can’t happen then I’ll have to get out of here”p101

Ironically Mother drives Chris away by refusing to agree with the evidence

“It’s wrong to pity a man like that. Father or no father”p117

Abandons her father and believes Joe only to find out she was wrong to do so

“Oh Chris, I’ve been ready for a long, long time” p120

Repetition of long Although she is not responsible for Larry’s death a great tragedy in her life she does kill his memory by getting engaged with Chris

“The female version” of Chrisp132

Gives up her idealism for pragmatism (starting a new life with Chris) is responsible for tragedy

“He won the war, Frank”p148

George lost the love of his life to Frank

“I told you when you went away, don’t try for medals”p145

Aphorism He was initially eager to get away from the neighbourhood and become a soldier

“I… studied a certain disease. It was beautiful. And then she came, and she cried. And I went back home with her. And now I live in the usual darkness” p160

Repetition of she and her Jim is responsible for his own tragedy but is a hero as he remains a good husband and conformed to the prosaic

“The world had a forty-foot front it ended at the building line”p163

Larry recognises that this is not the case and tries to make amends for it by suicidially fighting for his country

Return of the Past

“The past is always present and cannot be ignored, forgotten or denied” Centola

Idealism vs. Commercialism

Chris, Jim, George and Ann vs. Joe and Sue

“When you marry never count your husband’s money p110

Aphorism The majority of the characters advocate idealism over commercialism

“Because sometimes I think you’re… ashamed of the money”p124

Hesitation shows conflict Keller thinks Commercialism can act as a benign force

“Oh Annie, I’m going to make a fortune for you!”p122

Hypocritical of Chris

“For you, a business for you”p158

Keller and Chris have the same attitude when they have a family they both ultimately want to work for them

“The business! The business doesn’t inspire me”p102

More interested in idealism but has still sold out for money but in denial that he’s done so

“And he’s got money. That’s important, you know”p130

Suggests that Chris can afford to be idealistic sue values materialism

“As soon as a woman supports a man, he owes her something. You can never owe somebody something without resenting them”p130

Money affects relationships

“I… studied a certain disease. It was beautiful. And then she came, and she cried. And I went back home with her. And now I live in the usual darkness” p160

Repetition of she and her Jim has made a compromise between the two

“Joe wants to bring you into the business when you get out” p135

Uses the third person Compromise between commercialism and idealism he knows Steve will not want to work for the better of the business

“I’m practical now. You made me Practical”p166

Repetition of practical Chris sacrifices his idealism for his family

Family Relationships

Keller Family

Keller and Larry

“If Larry were alive he wouldn’t act like this. That was a boy we lost. Larry.”p163

Irony Larry is his favourite son he understands him

“I think to him they were all my sons. And I guess they were”p170

Keller is prepared to change his views for Larry

Keller and Chris

“I’ve been a good son too long, a good sucker”p102

Colloquial They don’t understand each other but are ultimately prepared to make compromises for each other

“Chris…Chris, I did it for you”p154

Keller taints there relationship by trying to put the blame for the cylinder heads on Chris

“I’m his father and he’s my son and if there’s something bigger than that then I’ll put a bullet through my head”p163

Irony and bathos Shows that he does love Chris

Chris and Larry

“(Chris is discovered sawing the broken-off tree, leaving stump standing alone)”p127

Tries to clear away Larry’s memory

Mother and Chris

“She’s Larry’s girl”p155

Colloquial Seems to care about Larry more

“Forget now. Live”p171

Short scentances Her maternal side comes out to Chris once Larry is dead

Mother and Larry

Irony and bathos “Because if he’s not coming back then I’ll kill myself”p107

Can’t let go of Larry

“I knew I could stop him”p105

Irony Believes she can save Larry

Keller and Kate

“I wear the pants and she beats me with the belt”p150

Kate emotionally blackmails Keller

Deever Family

“Ann, George and their absent father might be viewed as the opposite of the Keller’s”

Ann and Steve

“It’s wrong to pity a man like that. Father or no father”p117

Colloquial Abandons her father and believes Joe with little evidence

“I’ll do nothing about Joe” p164

Sacrifices Steve being exonerated for her future happiness

Ann and George

“You’re coming with me”p144

He is prepared to sacrifice her happiness for his idealism they don’t have a very strong relationship

“This is filthy, didn’t you bring another shirt?”p138

Ann acts as a maternal force for George

Steve and George

“I didn’t see him once when I got home from the war!”p141

George initially chooses idealism over his father

Wears “(your fathers)” hat139

Eventually compromises and wears his hat as he loves him

Lubey Family

“I don’t know why you can’t learn to turn on a simple thing like a toaster!” p94

Demonstrative of the perfect family without idealism living the American dream

American Dream

“The American dream is a subjective term usually implying a successful and satisfying life. Perceptions of the American dream are usually framed in terms of American capitalism, and the freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Bill of rights”

“I’ll get out. I’ll get married and live some place else”p101

Freedom

“I want a family, I want some kids, I want to build something I can give myself to”p102

Tricolon of want Belief that you can achieve what ever you want if you work hard for it

“I don’t know why you can’t learn to turn on a simple thing like a toaster!” p94

Demonstrative of the perfect family without idealism living the American dream

“I… studied a certain disease. It was beautiful. And then she came, and she cried. And I went back home with her. And now I live in the usual darkness” p160

Repetition of she and her Jim sacrifices his dream of being a researcher he is not living the American dream

“I was the beast… Except I wasn’t… Fourteen months later I had of the best shops in the state again, a respected man again; bigger than ever.” P116

Metaphor Failure of American dream should be in prison as has broken the law

Hope

“She’s dreaming about him again”p99

Kate hopes that Larry will return

“I want a family, I want some kids, I want to build something I can give myself to”p102

Tricolon-Ann and Chris want to marry and be successful-live the American dream

“Chris…Chris, I did it for you”p158

Keller wants to provide a significant amount for his family

Humour

“I would love to help humanity on a Warner Brothers salary”p93

Foils provide comic relief in act 1 contrast to later tragedy

“My love, My light”p93

Sarcasm from Jim

“I like to keep abreast of my ignorance”p96

Major character is introduced through humour contrast to his serious and idealistic nature

“Don’t talk dirty (They laugh)”p134

Keller provides comic relief in act two and makes him more likeable

Justice

Justice is a main theme within the play ‘All My Sons’, and an example of justice being symbolised is the idea of Joe telling the children that he has a jail in the basement of his house.Although simple, this metaphor is quite powerful, as it suggests to the audience that he could be hiding more than just a basement to the people of the street. It could also suggest that he is keeping justice locked away within the Keller house, and as the children keep asking about the jail, there is an underlying idea that the truth about Joe could surface sometime within the play.

‘I spoiled the both of you’

Something that is apparent throughout the book is the amount of money that Joe has earned through his business. Some may assume that Keller bribed his way out of prison, due his frequent reference to, as well as his constant reliance on money. He uses this later in the play as a way to try and justify to his family that if he had gone to jail then he wouldn’t have been able to make all this money for them.

“Everybody knows Joe pulled a fast one to get out of jail”.

Whilst this may first seem as a cheap dig at the Kellers, this is confirmed when Jim says (to Kate) “I’ve always known”. This would be negatively viewed, as because of these actions an innocent man (Steve) is in jail instead of Joe. Therefore, the characters are just as guilty as Joe for letting an innocent man rot in jail.

“if [George and Anne] wanted to open up the case again”.

Joe’s prediction is actually correct though, and it is the arrival of George which helps to uncover the truth about the cylinder heads. George therefore does a very good job or prosecuting Joe. A clever inclusion into the play is that George is actually involved with the law, as opposed to it just being a metaphor, like the other parts of the courtroom analogy. We get this idea through Chris’ question to him “How’s the law”.

“You’re not even an animal, no animal kills his own, what are you?” “I’m not going to do anything about it”

Throughout almost all of the play Chris, Anne and Kate represent Joe’s defence.Chris suddenly becomes a prosecutor, voicing his fury and shame to his father Perhaps here we see a highly uncaring side of Anne, as she will gladly let her father rot in prison even though she now knows that he is innocent.

Religion

“Every Sunday ought to be like this”p90

The play starts on a sunday morning which is a religious time of the week

“chris”

Chris’ name could be interpreted as ‘Christ’ which would suggest a kind of moral superiority that he at least tries to achieve

“downstage, stands the four-foot high stump of a slender apple-tree whose upper branches lie toppled beside it, fruit still clinging to its branches”p89

The apple tree is incredibly important in terms of religious symbolism. It obviously has connotations of the tree of knowledge – the tree which was in the story of Adam and Eve. It’s significant that it’s there as it is an indication of the ‘fall’ that’s about to happen (in the same way that eve fell from god’s grace by eating the apple). It represents in this sense the knowledge of Larry’s death and the real causes.

“living next door to the holy family” p131

The tree is a holy symbol however it is broken.the broken tree signifies that in reality, the Keller’s aren’t as ‘holy’ as they seem.

“the trouble with you is that you don’t believe in anything” “now I live in the usual darkness”

My personal opinion is that Jim represents non belief in terms of religion. The idea that he lives in darkness suggests that there is no light from religion in his life. And perhaps his unhappiness is a result of this non belief. Although, as an alternative interpretation, you could say that the way he admires Chris (“he meets a man and makes a statue out of him” p131) and the fact that Chris could be interpreted as ‘Christ’ means that he isn’t a total non believer.

“Nobody in this house dast take her faith away, Joe” p 107

Although this is a references to Ann’s faith in Larry, it potentially has further reaching meaning. The use of “dast” is not in keeping with the general colloquial tone of the dialogue in the play, so it stands out. It almost sounds as if it could have been quoted from the bible. It is keeping with the idea that Mother is hijacking religion as reasoning behind her argument that Larry is alive

“I never believed in crucifying people” p117

Keller says this, and although it’s clearly a view that he has gained because he is guilty, it’s also representative of a forgiving figure. However, it’s also incredibly ironical since he’s put Steve through jail for something he didn’t do which is worse than crucifiction .

“He was falsely accussed once and it put him through hell” p133

Chris says this to Ann and the irony is that Keller lied and put Steve in prison actions that Christians believe would put him through hell the next time he is accused he will commit suicide an action Christians also believe will result in the perpetrater going to hell

“George, you don’t want to be the voice of God, do you?” p140

“And truer love hath no man!” p 148

it has biblical echoes.

“Is it junk to feel that that there’s a greater power than ourselves?” p 154

“That’s all, nothing more til Christ comes”. P155

There’s great irony in this statement from Chris. By “til Christ comes” he’s refering to Judgement day (and therefore implying that they should never talk about the problem again). But in reality, judgement day is approaching (the day when the truth emerges and the day of Keller’s death).

“God does not let a son be killed by his father” p 156

This is the whole concept that has led to Kate’s adamant belief that Larry is still alive.

Play

Act One

The Keller’s home is describe as a ‘secluded atmosphere’ and something about ‘poplar trees’. This creates he effect of the Kellers home in having something to hide perhaps, which is reinforced by anne’s comment that ‘the poplars have gotten thick’. Also Their house is described as ‘on the outskirts of an american town’. Well ‘an’ could suggest that this does not only apply to the Keller’s, but the whole of american society including the audience who are viewing the play. Also look at Frank entrance. He ‘saunters in’ creating a sense of mystery and slowness about the place. Also look at the introduction to the materialistic goods such as the ‘malt mixer’, something which would have been fairly new, considering the context. Also there is a lot in Chris war speech, you could basically write a page on that single section and it is also good for linking in with the section ou have been asked. Remeber, always link this section to the rest of the play, without this you won’t get an A.

Act Two

Act Three

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  • Date: 7 July 2017

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