What is Kate's role in Act 2 of "All My Sons"?

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pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Act II, Kate discusses with Chris the possible causes of George Deever's, Ann's brother, visit to the Keller home. 

"The tone of the scene shifts with Kate’s dramatic entrance; she is dressed and coiffed in expectation of an evening out with the family. George seems almost charmed by Kate as the two discuss past memories and future prospects." 

Later in the scene, she provides key information to George Deever, when she mentions that her husband has not been sick in the last 15 years. 

George is already very riled up by the visit with his father in prison.  He accuses the Kellers of being corrupt and using blood money to enjoy their comfortable life.

"A mood of tension and conflict grows after this sudden outburst of violence. In a desperate attempt to defend herself, Kate declares to Chris that Larry must be alive, “because if he’s dead, your father killed him.” She exits and Chris questions his father." 

Kate, who has not admitted that Joe Keller was responsible for the deaths of the pilots, confronts the fact of Joe's guilt and slaps his face.

posy602 | Student

in that act kate was treating george with hospitality she made him the grape juice she made him make a change about  the kellers she made him forget about the crime but she made amistake as she told george that joe hadnot been ill since 15 years