Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What is the symbolic import of the bridge in The Bridge of San Luis Rey?

In what ways does the Stage Manager of Our Town resemble the traditional dramatic device of the chorus?

How does Thornton Wilder avoid sentimentality in Our Town?

Wilder does not make many overt classical allusions in his writing, but in fact he was steeped in the Greek and Roman classics. How does this background reveal itself in his works?

The Skin of Our Teeth was first produced in 1942. In what ways is it both a timely and a timeless play?

Is the title character of Theophilis North a plausible human being, or is he to be considered primarily a literary device?