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How does Thornton Wilder make the Stage Manager in Our Town a memorable, likable, and trustworthy character? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.  

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The Stage Manager reminds many a reader of the Greek Chorus, who provide commentary on the action and the characters in ancient Greek drama. The ubiquitous Stage Manager plays a perhaps even broader and more integral role in Our Town.

The Stage Manager acts as a narrator who provides local color for the audience. He also manipulates time, as in Act One—"We're going to look back on it from the future." Further, he is the voice of Mrs. Forrest, and he plays the roles of the drugstore owner and the minister who performs George and Emily's marriage ceremony. He is virtually omnipresent, and he even speaks directly to Emily at her burial site. In short, he often acts as a liaison between the characters and the audience.

The Stage Manager is a memorable character for his versatility and omnipresence, but also for his wisdom. He is able to provide the audience and readers with all the information they need, and he acts as a trustworthy guide throughout the play. For instance, in Act Two as he...

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