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Washington Mc Neely And "Our Town" Comparison

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Many authors are inspired to write by other things like a special thing in their day or sometimes other writings or poems. “Washington Mcneely” by Edgar Lee Masters and Our Town by Thornton Wilder themes because Our Town was inspired by many of Edgar Lee Masters’ poems. Both pieces of work share the themes of death and time, a character similarities between Mrs. Webb and Washington McNeely.
Two themes the poem has is death and time. The poem displays the theme of time, because it starts out telling the story of a man who is from, and raises his children in, a noble and rich family. As his children get older, 2 of them died, and the others, to quote the poem “all were gone, or broken-winged ...view middle of the document...

From the beginning of the book, we know several characters are going to die, Emily, Mrs. Webb, and Joe Crowell, but that doesn’t matter. We know they all lived full lives, so even if death their lives are not in vain. All of the characters lived their lives to their fullest “Now there are some things we all know, but we don’t take’m out and look at’m very often. We all know that something is eternal. And it ain’t houses and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even the stars…everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings…There’s something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being” This quote is from the book, about death. This quote illustrates that even though things like houses, families, or even the ground you walk on is eternal, but one thing in every human is.
Another thing the book and poem have in common is characters. Mrs. Webb and Washington Mcneely are very similar. Both people raised their kids to be happy and good, but both ended up with all their children dead. Mrs. Webb was a simple housewife who wanted her kids to be happy and healthy, she tried her hardest to make sure her...

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