All My Sons – Essay In Progress

Answers to questions on Drama should refer to the text and to such relevant features as characterisation, key scene(s), structure, climax, theme, plot, conflict, setting . . .

 

Choose a play which you feel has a turning-point.

 

Describe briefly what happens at this turning point and then, by referring to appropriate techniques, go on to explain how it makes an impact on the play as a whole.

 
“All My Sons” (1947) by Arthur Miller is a play which deals with the destruction of a family due to the secrets and lies it keeps regarding the source of their wealth. This essay will show how a turning point (the accidental slip of the truth by Kate) impacts on the characters and the finale of the drama.

 
In the play, the turning point comes at the end of the second act. Joe and Kate  are about to go out for dinner with the family, when Joe remarks that he can’t afford to be sick. Kate follows this up by saying, “He hasn’t been laid up in fifteen years.” This is a crucial moment as it shows that Joe’s claims to have been ill on the day of the cylinder-head incident cannot be true. From this point, Chris’s view of his father, his mother and his life are all changed.

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