Wilder's passionate plea in the play is to appreciate every moment of every day, for life is a fleeting thing. With troubles rapidly expanding in Europe and war becoming a looming reality, people were inundated with the negative aspects of life. To see Our Town was to escape from the negative and rejoice in the ordinary; it reaffirmed faith in the unchanging moral values of small town living. It was obviously the balm that audiences needed in the midst of a pessimistic and changing world. Through his play, Wilder tries to teach the audience to seize the moment and enjoy living. There are no guarantees about a certain life span, as evidenced by the premature deaths of Emily Webb and her brother, Wally; tomorrow may be too late. By calling the drama Our Town and portraying ordinary people and events, the people in the audience and the readers of the play can identify with the theme and apply it to their own lives. Our Town is an unusual play in structure. It intentionally contains little action, in order to support the theme; nothing exciting or suspenseful happens in any of the three acts, just as nothing exciting happens in Grover's Corners. The play also ignores most dramatic conventions. In the beginning, the Stage Manager saunters on to an empty stage to talk directly to the audience; he tells them that the play is ready to begin. He then describes the appearance of Grover's Corners and its inhabitants. The play also ignores the unity of time and place. Between the first and second acts, three years pass. Then between the second and third acts, another nine years pass. In addition, the omniscient Stage Manager has repeated flashbacks to the past and flash-forwards to the future, further negating a unity of time. The play also has many locations. Although the entire play takes place in or around Grover's Corners, each act has a different and distinct key setting. In Act I, most of the action takes place in the homes of the Webb's and the Gibbs; often the
Our Town by: Thornton Wilder
Our Town by Thornton Wilder first takes place a town called Grove’s Corners in New Hampshire on May 7th 1901. Act II takes place on July 7th 1904 with a flashback. And Act III takes place in the summer of 1913 with a flashback to 1899. The rising action is the first romantic conversation between George and Emily and the couple’s wedding. The basis of this story is about a group of people that live in a fairly small town and they take life for….
“Our Town”, by Thorton Wilder tells a story about life and the people of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. The choice of Grover’s Corners is meant to typify every small town or community in America. Grover’s Corner is Anytown , U.S.A. It is a simple place and this reflected in the physical setting of the play. Basically, Our Town is about Grover’s Corners and its people, particularly the Gibbs and Webb families. It takes the audience through the stages of life, in a simple way….
Theatre: Our Town
Describe: “Outline the plot of this play with regards to Exposition, Complication, Denouement, Discovery, Reversal, Protagonist and Antagonist.”
With regards to the play, Thornton Wilder elaborately creates a complex theatric story about a fictional town in New Hampshire called Grover’s Town in May 7, 1901. The theatric play opens with a stage manager who spends a great deal of time introducing town by describing the setting….
In the play "Our Town", by Thornton Wilder, a character by the name of Simon Stimson makes a very insightful statement about people and their lives. Simon is dead and buried, as well as several of the play's other characters, when a newly-dead young woman named Emily joins their ranks and begins to realize the triviality and ignorance of her existence, as well as that of every living person. The dead are discussing this insignificance and unawareness of the living when Simon comments with disgust….
each of our minds once in a while, through his play, Our Town. In Our Town, he exemplified his view of life and what it truly means by not only reflecting upon life, but also, death. Through death, we learn what life really is, and what life has to offer us. It is not the grand and fine things in life, but the minor everyday things in life that truly make life worth living. When speaking of Our Town he said, “It is an attempt to find value above all price, for the smallest events in our daily life….
The Life of Love and Choices
I. Thesis Statement
In Our Town, the play emphasizes quantities of life, which leads to appreciating everyday occurrences we go through.
1. The name of the play is called, Our Town
2. The author is Thornton Wilder
3. SFSU Department of Theatre Arts
4. Little Theatre
5. Watched the play on March 17th, at 2:00pm
6. Ticket price cost $12.00, purchased through online website
7. Sat in Row D, Seat 2. Front right section of theatre
8. Shared experience with….
The play “Our Town” explores the lives of people (primarily two families) living in a small and quiet American town in the 1900’s. In the first act entitled “Daily life”, the narrator did a good job of guiding the audience’s imagination to set up the ideas of a town in the early 1900’s. The lighting and sound cues made that very successful. The lighting was on cue and was very good at setting the scenes (i.e. brighter for morning sunrise). Realistic sets and props were minimal but, the performers….
An analysis of the representation of the daily life in Our Town
* Table of Contents
1 Introduction 3
2 Biographical Background 4
3 Our Town 5
3.1 General 5
3.2 Theme 5
3.3 Publication 5
4 Analysis 6
4.1 Act 1 6
4.2 Act 2 7
4.3 Act 3 8
5 Conclusion 10
6 Bibliography 12
6.1 Primary Literature 12
6.2 Secondary Literature 12
6.3 Webliography 12
Needless to say, Our Town is one of the most popular plays by Thornton Wilder and….
resources that I picked for my final journal are ‘Not In Our Town’ and the CNN article about Officer Elsokary in New York City. The reason why I picked “Not In Our Town” is because this article shows that people are sometimes really mean, rude and obnoxious, but it also shows that people are sometimes nice, caring, kind and supportive. The attacks and this story took place in Billings, Montana. The attacks were against people in the town who were Jewish. The reason why I picked the CNN article is….
After reading Thornton Wilder's book, Our Town, I believe that it focuses mainly on the changes that we see in human life, for example, in the play of Our Town, we see the milkman always talking to the paperboy. Mostly about the stability of Grover’s Corners, each time they do, there appears to be almost no changes much in the town, as if time had stood still. In this, we see Howie and Crowell as the illustration of the consistency of small town life since they appear in all of the acts from act….