IGCSE Literature Essay . Feedback All My Sons. A writer can affect the reader:. Intellectually- by conveying ideas/impressions Imaginatively- by conveying sensory impressions to the reader, especially visual and auditory effects
All My Sons
What is Miller doing?
What is the effect?
How does he achieve this?
What is he commenting on?
Chris wants to marry Ann even though his family is opposed to it. This is shown in the passage when he tells his father: “….” (Miller, #) This makes his father upset because Kate Keller does not want Chris to marry Ann. By accepting the marriage between Ann and Chris would be to accept the death of Larry, something that Kate isn’t ready to do.
The author achieves the effect of the character’s sympathy through the use of the semantic field “riveted”, “absorbed” and “unaware” throughout the argument scene. Of course the fact that the reader is encouraged to imagine that he/ she is in the place of the character only serve to intensify the reader’s empathy and, consequently, sense of unease. Miller then further rachets up the tension of the play, and thus the reader’s emotional engagement with the writing by the use of the simile “ the isolation which completely surrounds you and which clings to you like a second skin.” (Miller, #) It encourages the reader to imagine how vulnerable Kate is by the fact that she is alone and …