Minimalism In Our Town

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The play Our Town, by Thorton Wilder is a simplistic piece of literature with an outlook and overview on the larger and less prevelent topic of the need to look at what is infront of you, the need to treasure the small pleasures that life has to offer. Thorton accomplishes this modesty most acutly with three topics. the first being the scenes following the friendship, courtship, and relationship between Emily and George. The second is emily's untimly, and dauting passing. The third is the justly shown the through the setting and the story neing told through a lone man; the stage manager. The three acts in the play Our Town all play a part in revealing and divulging the efflorescence of their relationship and most importantly, over the…show more content…
"There is some scenery for those who think we need scenery" (Wilder 5). The scenery in the play mainly consists of several chairs and a vast array of pantomiming. The unostentatiousness of the set is used as an understated tool to further impress upon the audience that we as human beings tend to focus on material objects. By relieving the physical objects from the production it leaves the patrons with nothing but the human interactions and the lives the create with eachother, blatently with the the candidness of life. Another contributing aspect is the presence of the stage manager. The stage manager goes through the story, clueing in the reader of the events of the past years. He does not say much about people in a personal sense, more as an indifferent observer, clueing in the audience of the mundane changes that occured in the time lapse. He shares small seaminly unimportant peices of information, aiding to the feeling of a prosaic small town. The stage manager aids the audience is coming to the realization that even in a small town where not much happens adn the people live seemingly uncomplicted lives, much is…show more content…
This play illuminates to the audience that one must take time to smell the flowers, and slow down, take in all that is life, before it is gone. The tragedy that is evidently shown through the relationship of emily and george that is rushed into and is rather dauting only at the last moment, her untimly death where all is revealed, and the deft setting that the stage manager sets for the audience, taking none from the true story, leaving it raw for the true meaning to come out. "i didnt realize. So all that was going on and we never noticed." (Wilder 108). The story that unfolds for the audience is the same story that unfolds for the characters- That one must look at the bigger picture, and pick up on the minute details to have the full experience. The experience of fufillment and revelation that comes throughliving a life with your eyes fully
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