Our Town Essay

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Drama Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" "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 set in the early twentieth century in the small town of New Hampshire in USA, where nothing much really happens. The people who reside in the town live ordinary lives and the events that occur in the town are common. In fact Our Town could be just about any small town in America, but there was a reason behind why playwright Thornton Wilder made the town and the life in the town central to his play. Wilder believed that theatre was becoming to repetitive and not creative enough. Wilder created a play that had more reality in it and that people could relate to. He also wanted to create more interest in the characters so he decided to do away with props and scenery and instead uses a Stage Manager to describe the happenings in the town. Some of the common themes that are raised in play are family, growth, death and everyday life.When reading Our Town, you are never allowed to think that you are following unique events that could only happen once. The play was written so that people could relate to it. The events that happen in the town, are meant to be every day occurrences and realistic.The audience is introduced and led through the play by a Stage Manager. Throughout the play the Stage Manager gives general information about the people in the town and the surroundings. In Act 1 we are introduced to the small town in New Hampshire and the everyday people that reside with in it. The first family we meet are the Gibbs family, in the ordinary happenings of the morning, preparing for the day ahead. There is typical general family talk and concern by Mrs Gibbs of her husband. The mothers seem to be the central figures of the family in this town and hold the families together. Both Mrs Gibbs and Mrs Webb play the stereotypical mother role. They are the care takers of the family, they prepare the meals for the family, make sure that their children are always looking their best and that the family runs as smoothly as possible.Family plays a strong part in this small town which is shown with Mrs Gibbs concern for her husband, "(Mrs Gibbs): All told, you wont get more'n three hours' sleep. Frank Gibbs, I don't know what's goin' to become of you. I do wish I could get you to go away someplace and take a rest. I think it would do you good".There's also a great concern for her children as well, "(Mrs Gibbs): Children! Now I won't have it. Breakfast is just as good as any other meal and I won't have you gobbling like wolves. It'll stunt your growth- that's a fact".Since Our Town is a small town there is many relationships between the people in the town. Most of the people in the town know each other and it's hard to keep things a secret. Gossip spreads fairly quickly which...

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