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In Act 1 of "All My Sons", how does George's visit affect the various characters?

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The announcement of George's visit in Act I creates a level of tension for Ann, Chris, Kate and especially Joe Keller.  It serves to open the past events and bring the incident with the faulty airplane parts into the present moment.  George's actual visit is a very significant turning point in the play.   

George's visit is the catalyst that ignites the tragic ending of the play.  For Ann, George's visit brings both heartache and hope. Heartache, because once the truth is told about Joe Keller's framing of Steve, Ann could never marry Chris.  Hope because now she can embrace her father once more, she has not spoken to him or seen him for a long time.

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