Larry is significant because he represents the sons who died in the war because Keller and his partner shipped defective airplane parts. Larry has already died when the play opens. Thus, he is only presented in references when the other characters discuss him. He is never seen onstage in flashbacks.
The family mourns Larry, but no one mourns him more than Mother does. She even tries to delude herself that he is not dead, but everyone else knows that he is. Chris even says to Keller,
You know Larry's not coming back and I know it. Why do we allow her to go on thinking that we believe with her?
Larry also serves as a literary device to bring the play to its dramatic climax . In an...
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