Daily lives, love and marriage, death. These three parts of our lives encapsulate so much, everything in fact. Our Town is both simple and complex, as deep or as shallow as the audience member wishes to make it. I have read the pay twice and watched the film of the play twice in recent weeks and have done a lot of thinking, analysing, questioning and philosophising since. We are introduced to the town of Grover’s Corners by the Stage Manager who sets the scene for the first act and begins to introduce
CJ Allembert October 25, 2012 Later American Lit Our Town Essay Mrs. Gibbs does not understand why her husband and son want to stay in Grover’s Corner because she has dreams of getting out to something bigger. This can be seen in the first few pages of the book. She has an opportunity to sell a piece of furniture for a fairly large sum of money. With that money she has dreams of going to Paris and wants to, “go to a place where the people don’t speak English, or want to.” While Mrs. Gibbs
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
Anyssa Strauss March 4, 2009 Period: 5 Play Report 8: Our Town The title of this play is Our Town and it was written by Thornton Wilder. The genre of this play not common, it is about human experience. However, if I had to choose one I would say the genre is drama. The style of this play is realism. The main characters I would say are the stage manager, Emily Webb, and George Gibbs. All of these characters are written realistic. I do not think they are symbols or allegories for anything.
Automatons and the Pursuit of Happiness Throughout his most acclaimed play Our Town, playwright Thornton Wilder accused the American population of “sleepwalking” through their lives, and losing touch with their true passions. Wilder even admitted that his Pulitzer Prize winning play was “an attempt to find value above all price for the smallest events in our daily life.” Many criticized the play, saying that Wilder never achieved his venture. However, if one looks closer at the underlying themes
Our Town Thornton Wilder Published in 1938 by Coward-McCann Set in a fictional American town named Grover’s Corners Time period is 1901-1913 Our Town is about the ordinary citizens of Grover’s Corners and the lives they live. A stage manager narrates the story. The play is performed without a set and the actors mime their actions. The protagonist of the play is not one character, but all of the town people. They take life for granted. Each of the protagonists in Grover’s Corners is their
“Our Town” by Thornton Wilder is a play written in 1938 depicting the everyday lives of characters in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire during the time period between 1901 and 1913. The play is performed in three acts without the use of any set or props. The first act describes daily life in “Our Town”, the second act describes love and marriage, and the third act describes death and eternity. A stage manager narrates the play and describes the history and life of people in the town. There are many
The play, Our Town, with its simplicity and its profound message are a few good reasons why in 1938 Thornton Wilder won his second of three Pulitzer Prizes. They are the same reasons why in the past seventy-three years, it has been one of the most frequently produced American plays, from high schools to star studded Broadway renditions. I attended opening night with much disdain because my days begin at 5:30am getting four kids, plus myself ready for school, drive for an hour to attend four
Our Town Review Our Town by Thorton Wilder focuses mainly on the major points in a person’s life and other things that humans are faced with. Life, love, marriage, death, and eternity are the major themes in Thorton’s play and things that are focused on through the characters’ actions and even through their words. The play is also performed with minimal props, allowing the characters more freedom to move and interact with the characters that are around them. Thorton also thought that the theatre
Comparison/contrast paper My childhood consisted of family dinners where we all sat around the table together. The play Our Town, begins in the dawn with both Mrs. Gibbs and Mrs. Webb lighting their stoves to make the morning breakfast. Times have really changed since the early 1900’s, more than sixty percent of Americans do not cook breakfast. My mother never cooked me breakfast, but there was always a home cooked dinner. Emily and George were neighbors and their families were friends.