Which word best describes the wedding scene of Act II of Our Town? "Sentiment" is genuine feeling; "sentimentality" is false and exaggerated feeling.
Of the two words given, for this reader, at least, sentimentality better describes the wedding scene of Act Two of Thornton Wilder's Our Town. In fact, there is even a maudlin tone to this scene as Wilder appeals to the audiences' own nostalgia, reminisces, regrets, tears, and joy regarding their weddings as the parents recall youthful feelings,
MRS. GIBBS Oh, you know: I thought of all those times we went through in the first years when George and Rebecca were babies....It's wonderful how one forgets one's trouble, like...
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