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Our Town

Penny Brewer
English 6

Our Town

The play Our Town was written by Thornton Wilder in 1938. This play was a huge part of Wilder's success. I believe his purpose for this play is to show us the simple things in life we often overlook. The play is to show you how important it is to have love in your life, plus the meaning and beauty of it all.
The story takes place in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, over a twelve-year span. The characters in the play go about as if it truly were a scripted play. There is no excitement or adventure. I think that Wilder's purpose for that was to show the importance of finding value in even the smallest events in our lives.
Act I is called ?The Daily Life.? This act begins by showing you what is taking place in the homes of the Gibbs family and the Webb family. It gives you a general idea of the characters and where they stand in the play. This act, however, is dedicated to the love of daily family life. Like all the acts, it's based around love.
Act II, ?Love and Marriage,? takes place three years after the end of the first act. This act is based on the romantic type of love between George Gibbs and Emily Webb, mostly focusing on the hard times and heartaches that are associated with being in love. After all the talk of calling the wedding off, George and Emily wed at the end of act two.
Act III takes place nine years later and is called ?Life After Death?. In this act, we come to find out how many people have died since the last act, including the following: Emily Webb, Wally Webb, Mrs. Gibbs, Simon Stimson, and Mrs. Soames. ...

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