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Our Town

Our TownBy: Thornton Wilder

Act I: The stage manager introduces the audience to Gover's Corner. Act I talks about the townspeoples lives and their jobs. The Gibbs and Webb family are trying to get there kids to school.Act II: George and Emily are preparing to be wed. George has decided no to go to college. Both George and Emily told one of their parents that they aren't ready to be married, but they calm down and go threw with it.Act III: The Stage Manager brings the audiences attention to the death of some characters. Sam Craig comes to town for his cousin Emily's funeral. Emily died giving birth to Georges second child.

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Meaning

The meaning is every moment in life should be treasured. It basically means live life to the fullest and don't take life for granted

Characters

George Gibbs- Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs’s son. A decent, upstanding young man, George is a high school baseball star who plans to attend the State Agricultural School after high school. Emily Webb- Mr. and Mrs. Webb’s daughter and Wally’s older sister. Emily is George’s schoolmate and next-door neighbor, then his fiancée, and later his wife. Excellent studentDr. Gibbs- George’s father and the town doctor. Dr. Gibbs is also a Civil War expert.Mrs. Gibbs- George’s mother and Dr. Gibbs’s wife.Mr. Webb- Emily’s father and the publisher and editor of the Grover’s Corners Sentinel.Mrs. Webb- Emily’s mother and Mr. Webb’s wife.Simon Stimson- The choirmaster, whose alcoholism and undisclosed “troubles” have been the subject of gossip in Grover’s Corners for quite some time.

Act I takes place on May 7, 1901; Act II takes place on July 7, , with a flashback to one year earlier; Act III takes place in the summer of 1913, with a flashback to February 11, 1899. The name of the town is Grover's Corner, New Hampshire.

Our Town is from the year 1935. It is a Modern Drama. A Modern Drama is an extension of realism taking real life American situations, characters, and places, and bringing them to life on stage. It was developed around the time of World War 1 to provide entertainment

Born April 17, 1897, in Madison, Wisconsin. Thornton grew up in a highly educated and accomplished family. When the United States was drawn into World War I, Wilder volunteered for the 1st Coast Artillery in Rhode Island. After the war, he received a bachelor's degree from Yale and published his first play, The Trumpet Shall Sound, in the Yale Literary Magazine. Thornton Wilder released his debut novel, The Cabala, in 1926. Later novels included The Woman of Andros, The Ides of March and The Eighth Day. He won the 1928 Pulitzer Prize for The Bridge of San Luis Rey, as well as the 1938 and 1943 awards in drama for Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, respectively. He died on December 7, 1975, in Hamden, Connecticut.

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