All My Sons Critical Questions Essay

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What is there to be said about a mothers love? Some say that it is a bond that can never be severed or that a mother’s love is unconditional. The mother, Kate, in “All My Sons” still intensely believes that her son Larry is still alive. Throughout the play we learn many things about Kate. We know that she is superstitious because of the way she looks at dreams and horoscopes, intelligent from the way she knows what’s going on and that Joe always asks her what to do, and manipulating in a way towards people who bring up Larry’s death or a sensitive subject comes up. Also Kate could be called naive for knowing the truth for so long but not accepting it.
Within the first few minutes of the play we hear that Frank Lubey is writing a horoscope for Larry that Kate asked him to make. Kate wants to know if November 25, the day of Larry’s disappearance, was his favorable day or not. After 3 years Kate is turning to the stars for an answer about Larry’s vanishing. Most people just read their horoscopes for entertainment instead of judging if someone is dead or not. Later on page 17 lines 4-10 of “All My Sons” Kate says:
“…everything decides to happen at the same time. This month is his birthday; his tree blows down, Annie comes. Everything that happened seems to be coming back. I was just down in the cellar and what do I stumble over? His baseball glove. I haven’t seen it in a century.”
To Kate these are signs but as we find out later we know that these signs might mean the opposite of what she thinks they mean. In my opinion of how she interprets these signs is that this month is his birthday and his memorial tree blows over symbolizing that they don’t need it anymore because he is alive. Annie comes to visit as well and Kate takes this as she is still waiting for Larry. Kate, also, still thinks of Annie as Larry’s girl and if she were to marry someone else that would mean that she has giving up on Larry, even though Annie knows that he is dead. When Kate stumbles over the baseball glove of Larry’s , that she hasn’t seen in years, I believe that it almost seems like she is looking for anything to convince herself that Larry will be coming home.
On the page after Kate tells about her dream that was more than a dream but yet more like a vision. In the dream she associates the wind blowing outside to the grumble of Larry’s plane engine like it was when he flew by when he was in training. She thought that everything was clears as day, that she could hear his voice right in the room. She thought that Larry was falling and that if only she could just reach out and catch him and that leads her to the porch out back. As Kate is on the porch and that is when Larry’s tree snaps and wakes her up. She interprets this as it was too early to plant a memorial for a man who...

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