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In Thorton Wilders Our Town universal human themes are explored by looking at the daily lives of the citizens of Grovers Corners an imaginary location in New Hampshire which Wilder uses to represent the average American small town Through witnessing the everyday occurences of common people much like ourselves and those we know we become more aware of what weve always sensed about life but which has often been swept under the rug by our own business and daily concerns Rather than using esoteric and foreign concepts to communicate his ideas Wilder more effectively speaks to us in a language that we all understand that exists at the most practical level of our existence the daily events that repeat themselves over and over throughout our lives Wilder also recognizes that there is a higher value to these repetitious actions than many of us understand Eating breakfast with ones family going off to school reading a newspaper these are the events that truly compose our lives We overlook them because we see them as ordinary and disposable something that has happened countless times before and will happen countless times again and we put our attention on other things on something in the future or elsewhere that seems more exciting letting the most precious minutes of our lives slip away with barely an acknowledgement In doing so we ignore what is essentially our lives Wilders message is that these everyday things are not disposable they do not last forever there is an end and because of this we need to appreciate every moment we are given as a precious gift If we cannot recognize the value of every second if we take our time for granted and fail to realize its significance and limitedness then we are doomed to never truly live our lives to really be alive We are only emptily acting out our one big chance going blankly through the motions with our minds
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