Despite being dead for some years by the start of the play, Larry is as much a character in the play as anyone who actually appears on stage. His disappearance haunts his family through his mother’s superstitious belief in his return, as well as through his brother’s wary but measured rejection of Larry’s claim on his childhood sweetheart. Larry is constantly compared to Chris throughout the play. Larry sacrificed himself in penance for his father’s misdeeds.
All My Sons
In Joe and Kate Keller’s family garden, an apple tree – a memorial to their son Larry, lost in the Second World War – has been torn down by a storm. But his loss is not the only part of the family’s past they can’t put behind them. Not everybody’s forgotten the court case that put Joe’s partner in jail, or the cracked engine heads his factory produced which caused it and dropped twenty-one pilots out of the sky …