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As Life Passes Us By There are many phrases in the English language that make reference to andor express warning in the shortness and importance of life But no matter how often people hear it generally they dont understand We as humans do not control our own fate We do all we can to put ourselves in the most optimal of positions but when it is our time to go our hands are tied Our time on earth is an irreplaceable gift one to be treasured and relished every moment Thornton Wilders Pulitzer prize winning play Our Town makes a strong reference to this point When Emily Webb asks the stage manager Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it every every minute the reader cannot help but think back to the simple trivial lives of those in Grooves Corner Throughout the play there are many examples of characters not realizing the preciousness and importance of life Every person has to deal with unavoidable trivial issues in their life But life is not made to be centered around these things In Act One of Our Town properly titled The Daily Life a typical day in Grovers Corners is played out The characters of the play go about their daily routine arguing about and concerning themselves with nothing but trivial information Examples of this are shown at the family breakfast at the both the Gibbs and Webbs houses At the Gibbs house Rebecca argues with her mother over which dress she will be wearing to school At the Webb house Mrs Webb wants to hear nothing of her childrens intelligence and is only concerned with them eating their breakfast You know the rules as well as I do-no books at the table As for me Id rather have my children healthy than bright she says to Wally as he crams for a test Wilder 14 And when Emily tries explaining to her
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