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

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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.

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In Act II, Kate Keller is the catalyst that starts the unraveling of the Keller family.  When George Deever arrives, he is determined to find a way to get Joe Keller to confess his guilt in the crime that has imprisoned his father.  Kate is very agitated about George's visit, she warns her husband, Joe to be smart, to not say anything to provoke George. 

Joe acts very casual with George, he even offers to help him settle in his old town.  Joe offers to help George get a job, he tells him that he even wants him to convey to Steve that he can have a job when he gets out of prison.  Joe is very sanctimonious about the whole matter. 

However, Kate ends up revealing something about Joe's health that convinces George that he has lied about his father's singular guilt in the crime of shipping faulty airplane parts to the military.

Kate, contrary to Joe's claim that he had the flu when the faulty parts were shipped, states that Joe has never been sick a day in his life.  George jumps on this, recognizing the opportunity that he has been given to unravel Joe's story. 

"Joe’s claim that a bout of pneumonia took him away from the plant on the day of the infamous shipment is contradicted by Kate’s assertion that her husband hasn’t been sick for the past fifteen years. It is obvious that Kate should remember something as serious as pneumonia (which Joe changes to the flu during the argument), and the efforts of the two to cover the blunder are unconvincing."

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