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Comparing The People Of Thornton Wilder's Our Town And The People Of The Grapes Of Wrath

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The play “Our Town” is a 1938 three-act play by American playwright Thornton Wilder that is set in a small town called Grover’s Corners. It tells the story of a couple citizens in their everyday lives in the early nineteenth century. Grover’s Corners is a small town, no famous people really come out of it, and everybody knows everybody for the most part. These families that live in Grover’s Corners do not leave the town for the entire book, the people are even buried there. This is the exact opposite of what happens in the novel “The Grapes of Wrath”. The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck that sets the stage of one “Tom Joads” and also the life of a farmer in the Midwest during the Great Depression. Unlike the people in Grover’s Corners, these people leave their hometown not because they want to, but because they have to. The people of Grover’s Corners are ignorant about the gift of life while the people in “The Grapes of Wrath” suffer through a catastrophe that makes them realize how important life really is.
The people of Grover’s Corners love their town, yet they don’t cherish it because they live the same life everyday. In Act 1, page 21 in Our Town, Mrs. Gibbs says, “Only it seems to me that once in your life before you die you ought to see a country where they don’t talk in English and don’t even want to.” This quote shows how little the people of Grover’s Corner leave their beloved town. Unlike the citizens in The Grapes of Wrath, the people of Grover’s Corners have the privilege of not being forced out of their home. But during Act 3 of Our Town, it becomes clear that the people of Grover’s Corners took this privilege too far. A scene in Act 3 shows the late Emily Webb going back to live one of the days in her life. After being in that day for a very short time, she realized the people of Grover’s Corners took everyday of their life as a given right, and not a privilege. ...

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