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How is mother essential to the development of the plot?

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How is mother essential to the development of the plot? Mother is essential to the development of the plot because her role in the family and her interests make up the key elements of the story. The fact that she is the only obstacle between the family and forgetting about Larry's death is one of the main catalysts leading up to the ending. She refuses to give up on Larry, which shows her desperation and love for her son. Miller does not address her by her real name, but instead as "mother", giving her an undeniable mother figure. This suggests that Kate is the link in the family that cannot be broken. ...read more.

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For example, when the subject of Larry's tree casually comes up in conversation, Mother instantly 'presses her hand to top of her head' and says "I've got such a funny pain on the top of the head", which diverts all attention to her and her head. Chris replies with "Can I get you an aspirin?" which shows Mother's importance in the family, and how she must not fall as all other family members will also fall. This is also apparent at the end of the play, when the realisation first hits Mother and then has a knock-on effect on Joe Keller. When Mother reads the letter, "Anne goes quickly to Mother, takes the letter from her hand and starts for Chris. ...read more.

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Mother can also be seen to live in her imagination. At one point, she 'raises her arm over the audience' and says, "Remember the way he used to fly low past the house when he was in training?" Her body language emphasises the emotion that she feels while she speaks. Larry is said to "fly low past the house" which shows the comfort that she feels when Larry is close to her. It could also be said that Mother feels overprotective of Larry and cannot deal with his loss. In conclusion, Mother is crucial in the development of the plot because of her placement in the family and her evasive nature. She wants to keep her family together, which is why she cannot deal with any disruption of this norm. ?? ?? ?? ?? "All My Sons" Essay 1 ...read more.

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