In the play Our Town, act one, what is the purpose of relating future events for some characters ?

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One central theme of the play is the notion that life is not appreciated while we are living it: Emily speaks to this subject in the third act when she revisits her home as a ghost. By relating future events in the first act, the play instills a sense of omniciscence in the audience members, as they are able to relate in the same way as the Stage Manager/Narrator does to the characters. Audience members and readers are able to both see that the play is a fictional story about characters, but also that it is about the cycles of living as they apply to everyone. The references to future events conveys the notion that time's movement is inescapable, but also that being more aware of life in the moment might provide a fuller sense of satisfaction when we approach the end of our lives.

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