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In Act I of Our Town by Thornton Wilder, George and Rebecca, brother and sister, are introduced. George is a prominent character who marries Emily, Mr. Webb's daughter. George and Emily want a...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2010, 3:04 am (UTC)

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In Our Town, the American Dream is achieved through small-town normalcy, ordinary stability, and savoring the small moments in life. As Mrs. Gibbs says, . . . choose an unimportant day. Choose the...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018, 6:28 pm (UTC)

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In Act 3, Emily dies in childbirth and joins the dead at the cemetery. There, she discovers what the others who have passed before her already know: you can't go back into your old life again and...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2009, 8:31 am (UTC)

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The speech in Our Town in which the Stage Manager/Minister mentions "M marries N" is in a sort of soliloquy for the Stage Manager in which he reveals personal thoughts and impressions. We know he...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2010, 9:51 am (UTC)

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The something "eternal" that the Stage Manager refers to is the way in which people affect others when they are on earth and the memories that they create. These memories live on, beyond the time...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2018, 6:32 pm (UTC)

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Dramatic irony is when the audience has more information about a situation than the characters in a fictional work do. Such irony is expressed when a character's words or actions have a...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2020, 12:05 pm (UTC)

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Another aspect to look at with this scene is the paragraph directly after the original quote: And don't forget all the other witnesses at this wedding, the ancestors. Millions of them. Most of...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2018, 5:11 pm (UTC)

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Towards the end of Art I (right after Emily asks her mother whether she is pretty and they have a conversation about that subject) the Stage Manager tells the audience that "the Cartwright...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2016, 2:06 pm (UTC)

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When Emily joins the dead in the Grover's Corners cemetery in act 3 of Thornton Wilder's classic American play Our Town, she's unsettled and disoriented by her new environment, just like all new...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2020, 10:21 pm (UTC)

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Emily Webb, who dies in childbirth, is only a teenager herself when she passes away. Despite the other deceased characters' advice, she decides to revisit one day in her small-town life. On her...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2019, 3:16 pm (UTC)

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As is often the case with couples getting married for the first time, George and Emily are getting cold feet about their forthcoming nuptials. Still very young, they're getting anxious at the...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2020, 5:52 pm (UTC)

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A text which addresses expectations of normalcy in terms of a historically oriented American Dream in a completely different way from Our Town is Bret Easton Ellis's 1991 novel, American Psycho....

Latest answer posted December 16, 2019, 11:06 am (UTC)

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Thornton Wilder reveals his sense of humor in this scene at the end of Act One: "Daily Life" in which Rebecca Gibbs tells of a letter her friend addressed, ultimately, to God. Grover's Corners...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2009, 9:28 am (UTC)

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The Stage Manager has the same kind of role that would be filled by a minor character who is the narrator of a short story or novel. His main function is to provide exposition. He introduces most...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2016, 12:25 pm (UTC)

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This passage from Our Town speaks to the coming of age process of George. Here, in the first act, we see Doc Gibbs having a frank conversation with his son, George. Mrs. Gibbs has recently...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2021, 6:39 pm (UTC)

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Thornton Wilder's play makes one small town the iconic Everytown, USA. With the Stage Manager to guide us, we see the characters experience and sometimes overlook their daily hopes and fears....

Latest answer posted October 23, 2018, 5:53 am (UTC)

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In Act II from Our Town, Thornton Wilder presents the second phase of life: falling in love and getting married. At the end of the Act, the Stage Manager steps into the role of the minister who...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2012, 5:24 am (UTC)

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One of the play's themes is that our lives, which seem long and important and special to us, are mere blinks of the eye against eternity. As the Stage Manager says, there are the same names on the...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019, 8:31 pm (UTC)

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The most poignant use of flashback in Thornton Wilder's Our Town occurs in act 3, after Emily's untimely death. Emily joins the other deceased townspeople on stage, and she witnesses her own...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2019, 10:52 pm (UTC)

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“A thousand years from now…” The Stage Manager controls the events of the play Our Town by Thornton Wilder. As one of the most fascinating characters in American theater, the Stage Manager...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2012, 11:02 pm (UTC)

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I suggest that it is the Stage Manager who is the protagonist of "Our Town." It is his motivation to describe the region and to introduce and explain the townspeople that drives the entire play. He...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2012, 12:58 am (UTC)

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The dead in the cemetery seem to be irritated by the living people who mourn for the dead, or they think the mourners are silly. When the mourners arrive for the funeral, Simon Stimson, one of the...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2017, 4:03 am (UTC)

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The stars mentioned in Act III of Our Town connect to the Act I mention of "the Universe; the Mind of God" and are part of the thematic element thus initiated in Act I. One of Wilder's themes is...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2010, 7:59 am (UTC)

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In Act 3 of Our Town, formal religion is presented primarily through the Christian funeral that the living characters attend. There is no indication that people of other faiths live or died in the...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2020, 7:45 pm (UTC)

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The Stage Manager in Our Town by Thornton Wilder provides background information for the town. All towns across the United States have geographic differences, diversity in cultures, immigrants from...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2012, 1:29 am (UTC)

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Early in Act I of Our Town, playwright Thorton Wilder’s omniscient “stage manager” notes the equally omniscient presence of “the morning star,” stating, “The morning star always gets wonderful...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2015, 7:36 pm (UTC)

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After Emily accuses George of being stuck up during the flashback in Act II, George takes her to Morgan's drugstore to have an ice cream soda.While they are at the drugstore, George and Emily have...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2008, 2:57 am (UTC)

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In Act III of the play, Emily has died. As she takes her place among others from Grover's Corners who have died, she requests to relive just one day of her life. Mrs. Soames tries to discourage...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2009, 3:34 pm (UTC)

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Reaching the play's final act, the audience/reader should understand that this is a play about the basic cycle of life. Pronouncements to this end are made at several points by the Stage Manager....

Latest answer posted July 1, 2013, 7:03 pm (UTC)

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Although Our Town can be shown to have a lot more than just "two central ideas," that's a good place to start. First, not to sound so much like Disney's The Lion King, but probably the main (and...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2015, 5:34 pm (UTC)

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No one in the play is very psychologically oriented or astute, and that includes the town doctor, Doc Gibbs. That's as it should be, considering when the play takes place. No one knew much about...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2010, 12:59 pm (UTC)

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Emily is bragging, though what she says is true. This statement provides us with a concise exposition of Emily's character and also connects later to her realization that people are essentially...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2013, 3:47 pm (UTC)

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It might be contended that the intrusion of the Stage Manager has the continuous effect of reminding the audience that they are not watching reality but are watching a play. This effect is also...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2015, 5:46 pm (UTC)

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Mr. Webb's comment about the townspeople paying special attention to the birds indicates at least two things about Grover's Corners. First, life in Grover's Corners is quiet and without event or...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2013, 4:10 pm (UTC)

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Foreshadowing is a literary device used to hint at something that will happen later in the work. An author can use a variety of tools—including setting, dialogue, and narration—to foreshadow a...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019, 3:25 pm (UTC)

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Our Town is a three-act play. The acts are not given titles. The narrator, who is called the Stage Manager, tells the audience that "The First Act shows a day in our town." So it might be said that...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2015, 11:07 pm (UTC)

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This is spoken in the context of a wedding, in which the Stage Manager (who plays all kinds of bit parts in the play) acts as the minister. Emily and George are about to begin their lives...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2010, 6:42 am (UTC)

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Good points by the previous posters. This is a classic American story, covering the stages of life from birth to death and everything in between. It's allegoricalin this sense: while this is set...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2010, 6:41 pm (UTC)

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“Act II” in Our Town by Thornton Wilder is labeled “Love and Marriage.” The play portrays the lives of the citizens of a small town in New Hampshire at the turn of the twentieth century. Using...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2012, 6:18 pm (UTC)

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By the time Emily learns what she learns about life, as seen in Act III, she is dead. And that's part of the point of what she learns: there is no way to know about the life we live as we are...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2009, 12:45 am (UTC)

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Thornton Wilder's Our Town is not only a masterpiece of American drama but one of the earliest and finest works of modernism in theatrical plays. The play, which is set entirely in Grover's...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2017, 5:58 pm (UTC)

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The beautiful hymn “Bless Be the Tithe That Binds” purveys Thornton Wilder’s theme iOur Town. Men are gregarious and require human relationships to flourish. The song permeates the play during...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2013, 6:11 pm (UTC)

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I'd be happy to give you my opinion on this question, but I don't think it would help you. Your teacher wants to know your opinion. Do you think people just take life for granted, or do you believe...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2007, 5:03 am (UTC)

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In any normal play, the stage manager is a member of the crew who remains backstage and is not seen by the audience. The very fact that in Our Town, a character called "the Stage Manager" appears...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2020, 6:16 pm (UTC)

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From the time they got married, Emily and George had just nine years to enjoy together until Emily died while giving birth. The story takes a supernatural turn, when Emily is welcomed to eternal...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2018, 5:59 pm (UTC)

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This is one of the most interesting episodes in the play because Emily is like a ghost revisiting her own home and cannot be seen by her mother or father, although she is visible to the audience....

Latest answer posted December 23, 2012, 4:12 pm (UTC)

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In the above quotation, the most significant idea that can be found is that there is a large gap between the generations. Mrs. Gibbs is worried that her son, George, is becoming lazy and is...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2021, 12:35 pm (UTC)

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Literary mood, also called atmosphere, is created by a combination of many elements including diction, setting, description and characterization. Mood is something that has a focus within the...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2010, 10:28 am (UTC)

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Thornton Wilder breaks a few traditional conventions in Our Town. First, he breaks down the fourth wall, or the imaginary dividing line between actors and audience. The Stage Manager addresses...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2009, 9:00 am (UTC)

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Our Town is an exceptional play in that it has a seemingly omniscient narrator in the person of the character called the Stage Manager. He tells the audience about the past, present and future. In...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2016, 11:18 pm (UTC)

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