Our Town Essay

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"Our Town" by Thornton Wilder By Will Underdown "˜When reading "Our Town," you are never allowed to think that you are following unique events that could only happen once.' "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder is a celebration of the absolutely ordinary. It illustrates the mundane routines of life that often go unnoticed and taken for granted. In "Our Town", Wilder does not offer anything that is unique, but rather deals with universal themes that are familiar to everyone, such as life, family, growing up, love, marriage, and death. Through these common ideas, it is shown that life is most meaningful only when lived in awareness of its immediate value. The play is set in the small New Hampshire town of Grover's Corners from 1901 to 1913, however this is not overly important as the events that take place happen again and again in every town, no matter what the year is. Couples get married, mothers prepare breakfasts, and children struggle with their algebra homework in Grover's Corners just as they do in any other town, just like they have done for countless previous years and will for many years to come. The characters of Grover's Corners are the ordinary kind of common folk found in any small town and can represent everybody in real life.The audience is led through the play by the omniscient narrator, the Stage Manager. He gives background information about the town and the characters, while explaining the occurrences in "Our Town". The play primarily focuses on the Gibbs family, including the town doctor, Dr Gibbs, his wife Mrs Gibbs, and their son, George, and the Webb family, featuring the town newspaper editor, Mr Webb, his wife Mrs Webb, and their daughter, Emily. As neighbours, George and Emily grow up together with a good friendship, which develops into a romance and then marriage.In Act One, the Stage Manager sets the scene of Grover's Corners in great detail and even states that it is "latitude 42 degrees"¦ longitude 70 degrees"¦", just to show that it is no place out of the ordinary. Not exceptional to many other locations, Mrs Gibbs' garden grows corn, peas, and beans, while Mrs Webb's garden is similar, but with the addition of sunflowers; gossip is a major source of information and entertainment; and like most ordinary towns, "Nobody very remarkable has come out of it". Mr Webb sums up Grover's Corners when he says, "Very ordinary town, if you ask me. Little better behaved than most. Probably a lot duller." Mrs Gibbs and Mrs Webb are typical mothers characteristic of many families. They prepare breakfast for their husbands, make their children look presentable, and send them off to school. Dr Gibbs is a standard workaholic doctor making house calls to deliver babies at all hours of the night, while Mr Webb is very knowledgeable on Grover's Corners, on account of the fact he edits the town's newspaper, the Sentinel. George Gibbs is an average teenage boy, more concerned with baseball than doing his household chores,...

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