Thornton Wilder's Our Town uses an abundance of weather and birth imagery to reveal the themes of ritual, eternity, and cycle of life:
In Act I, examples are:
- "The time is just before dawn."
- "The sky is beginning to show streaks of light..."
- "The morning star gets wonderful bright..."
- "Mrs. Webb's garden..."
- "...a lot of sunflowers..."
- "Polish mother's just had twins..."
- "...there've been lights on for some time, what with milkin's and so on...
- Joe Crowell delivering the Sentinel (morning paper)
- Bessie's cow bell
These elements will be repeated in Act III to show the cycle of life and give continuity to the play. Wilder begins with life (the twins) and ends with death (Emily's), but in the end, life goes on, and the people of Grover's Corners continue the same morning routines.