All my Sons – activity

All my Sons- Olivia Obligado, Juana Zufriategui and Luz Esteban

1)What do keller and Chris talk about? Do they have similar or contrasting views on the matter? Explain and quote.
2)Choose 3 important quotations from the conversation they have and explain them.
3)Find 2 examples of irony and explain them
4) Mention 2 other literary devices and comment on their impact on the readers.

  1.  Keller and Chris are discussing about Larry, who has been missing for 3 years. They also talk about Mother and how she is still hopeful about his return. However, they do not support this , as they believe Larry might be dead; “CHRIS: For God’s sake, three years! Nobody comes back after three years. It’s insane”. Nevertheless, they sympathize with Mother’s hope of Larry coming back and decide not to upset her.   
  • They definitely have contrasting views on the matter concerning Annie. Chris wants to propose marriage to her but Keller disagrees; “I don’t see why it has to be Annie…”, supporting that she was in a relationship with Larry. Chris marrying her means that Larry will never come back, which is a harsh truth they are not willing to face, specially Mother. 

2. Chris: “Being dishonest with her.  That kind of thing always pays off, and now it’s paying  off.”

Keller: “What do you mean, dishonest?”

Chris: “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?” 

  •   We believe that this conversation is important since it shows in part the vision of these characters regarding the thoughts of the mother who, clearly, did not overcome the death of her son. You can see how everyone shows themselves in front of her, but at the same time they have a totally different thought, which makes them “dishonest”

Chris: “For God’s sake, three years!  Nobody comes back after three years. It’s insane.”

Keller: “To you it is, and to me.  But not to her. You can talk yourself blue in the face, but there’s no body and no grave, so where are you?” 

  • We also believe that this text is very important since it shows the readers the lack of hope that the characters have about Larry’s life, shows how sure they are that he has already died. However, in turn, we can see her mother’s wish and hope that he is alive, since they clarify that for her it is not strange that she has not returned in those three years.

Keller: “The trouble is the Goddam newspapers.  Every month some boy turns up from nowhere, so the next one is going to be Larry, so…”

  • Finally, we believe that this text is extremely important since it shows a facet of Keller that we have not seen before. It shows a more vulnerable side, a side that does hope that Larry will return and a side that has not yet fully accepted his departure.

3) Irony

  • “You are always reading the book section and you never buy a book”.  

We can see irony through this quotation as Keller is being ironic towards chris as although he is always reading the book section, he never bought a book to read. In most of the cases when you read the book section, you find one to buy and read but this was not chris’s case so that is why Keller is being ironic.

  • “ in the beginning when I first made you a police man you used to come in every morning with something new. Now, nothing’s ever new.”

Through this quote, we can find irony as keller is telling Bert In an ironic way how it could be possible to come with something new every day when you first started “working” as he is eight and now there is nothing. He is being ironic towards Bert as he is only a kid not a real policeman.

4) Literary devices


One example of foreshadowing is Joe’s game with Bert. Joe made Bert and Tommy local policemen who patrol the block and report suspicious things to Joe. He told Bert there was a jail in the basement of his house and showed him his “arresting gun”. In return, Bert reported some disturbances to Joe and he promised to promote Bert to a detective. All the elements of this game: the jail, the gun, and the issue of guilt will come up in the further development of the plot.


“In the left corner, downstage, stands the four-foot-high stump of a slender apple tree whose upper trunk and branches lie toppled beside it, fruit still clinging to its branches.”

The apple tree was planted two years ago after Larry’s “death” to honor his memory. The symbolism of the tree is to show that Larry is dead. However, Kate claims that the tree shouldn’t have been planted in the first place because Larry may still return home. She has the feeling that Larry is still alive.

Descriptive writing by Juana Zufriategui

Five years ago, my family and I travelled to hawaii were we stayed in an splendiferous house with a jewel-blue sea view. The sky was like a curtain of silk and the sea song of the waves soothed me. I was extremely astounded by the beauty of the rippling of the waves. When you look around, you can admire the perfection of the beach. The palm trees are lined in serried rows and dip their heads in obedience to the sea.

Moreover, I could appreciate the sound of the amazing birds rumbling in my head all the mornings. It was an empty silent beach where the golden sand full of corals

and sea shells, covered the floor as far as your eyes can see. Beside the fact it was full of corals, the sand was extremely soft like a bed of blankets and the grains were so fine that it could not possibly be visible by the human eye.

Finally, this beach had the most beautiful weather of all places in the world. You can relax lazily on the sandy seashore reading and appreciating the golden rays of the sun shining in the sky. At the same time, you can feel the warm and soft sand crunch between your toes and the heat of the sun penetrating your body. It was the most amazing places I have ever been to.

Poem-Description Recoleta Cemetery.

In the language class we have learnt how to write a description of a place and we have been writing several of them. We wrote the last description in pairs, and I worked with Luz esteban. We had to choose a picture of a touristic place of our city/neighbourhood and describe it. Then our literature teacher asked us to write a poem about the place we had picked for our description, which in our case was the Recoleta Cemetery. I wrote the poem with Belen Brito Peret and Trinidad porretti. Here I leave the description and the poem:

Choose a picture of a touristic place of our city/neighborhood. Write a description (200 words)

This famous cemetery, located in the distinguished neighborhood of Recoleta, is one of the main touristic places of Buenos Aires city. Designed by próspero catelin, it is the place where the greatest number of people in the country are buried.

As soon as you arrived at this place, you can appreciate the main entrance which is composed by four columns of Greek Doric order, where the first symbols of life and death are inscripted. Moreover, this huge cemetery, contains several statues in a wide variety of architectural styles, which gives the place an unique and exceptional design. What is more, this daily open burying ground has over 90 tombs that are listed as national historical monuments.

 In addition to this, the recoleta cemetery is the most exclusive graveyard in Argentina. All around the cemetery, there  are the tombstones with their faded etching. This graveyard is full of stone, moss, yew trees and the decaying remnants of bone and flesh. Furthermore, even though it should be a spooky cemetery that causes chills,  it has the air fragrant with pine-needles which provokes a pleasant effect on the visitors. As you walk around, you can feel the atmosphere inside of it is warm and quiet. There are no sounds from the streets or disturbing noises from the people.

Finally, You can walk among the corridors between the tombs and appreciate the sound of the birds singing and the fresh air that you can breathe. It is also possible to highlight the different and original designs of the tombs that the families of the death person have created.

Language Test

Write a paragraph (80-90 words) saying what has happened to the male character. Use a variety of tenses: simple past, past continuous, past perfect and conditional type 3. Then look for an example of:

It happened on the 12th of march. It was a gloomy and windy night. I had been working all day, before I realized I had forgotten my phone at the office. I decide to go back to the office to look up for my phone. While I was driving, I saw a man called John unconscious at the side of the road. It seemed that he has been driving along the silent and empty street in a high speed because he wanted to get back home, after an exhausting day at work. Accidentally, he took another road he didn’t know, which was full of donkey hills. As she was driving at a high speed, he wore the donkey knoll and skated. She was left unconscious at the side of the road. Fortunately, I found him and took him to the hospital. The doctors said that he had been unconscious for a long time, so if I wouldn’t have took him to the hospital, he would have died on the road.

Simple Past: “It was a cold night”

Past Continuous: “I was working late”

Past Perfect: “ I had left my phone at the office”

Conditional type 3: “If I hadn’t forgotten my phone, I wouldn’t have been on the road at that time”


The Gold Cadillac is a story about an African American family who lives in the United States during the years of civil rights. The father of the family called wilbert has just bought an alluring gold Cadillac for their family. Although their mother is upset about their dad buying the car, lois’s, her sister Wilma, their extended family and neighbors are fanatized with the new car. Lois, the narrator of the story, decides that they should make a trip down to Mississippi in the gold Cadillac to visit their relatives. However, their mother refuses to ride in the car. Although their family is skeptical about the trip because of the way African Americans are treated in the rural South, the whole family convince the mother and heads down south in the gold Cadillac to visit their family in mississippi. On the way down, people give them dirty looks because African Americans are not supposed to be that rich and have such a fancy car. As they are driving through a small town, they get pulled over because the police officer assumes the family has stolen the gold Cadillac so Wilbert is arrested. After this, the father is released and decides to sell the car and get a plainer car, so people will not harass them.