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Our Town is a play that takes place near the turn of the century in the small rural town of Grovers Corners New Hampshire The playwright Thornton Wilder is trying to convey the importance of the little often unnoticed things in life Throughout the first two acts he builds a scenario which allows the third act to show that we as humans often run through life oblivious to what is actually happening Wilder attempts to show life as something that we take for granted We do not realize the true value of living until we are dead and gone The through-line of the action seems to be attention to the details of life Wilder builds up a plot that pays attention to great details of living In the first act when Mrs Gibbs and Mrs Webb are stringing beans and passing the time the reader continues on not thinking that importance lies in the scene As the play comes to an end the reason for that scene becomes evident the most trivial occurrence can be the most meaningful moment We as humans however do not realize the greatness of these little points until it is too late Near the end of the story the deceased townspeople are stationed on chairs downstage to imitate graves They are still able to talk yet only in a lackadaisical tone They provide the audience at the end with a sense of guilt or loss The fact that the people of Grovers Corners did not realize the importance of life until it was gone makes the audience feel as if they should be getting more out of their lives Wilder so precisely portrays the idea that the audience is left wondering if they too like the people of Grovers Corners are not living life to the fullest The play makes you think whether for a split moment or a long time about the idea of being aware while
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