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Our Town by Thornton Wilder is a play that takes place in a small fictional town of Grovers Corner New Hampshire beginning in 1901 and ending in 1913 The play takes the audience through the cycles of life with the purpose of getting a universal message stating that life shouldnt be taken for granted Emily Webb one of the most important characters in the play is Wilders character in which he uses to show the audience a universal message that anyone would understand and relate toEmily is a character that is normal enough so that the audience could relate to her and yet be different in little ways that makes people love and adore her For example Emily went through the most common events in a womans life marriage childbirth and death in the play These cycles makes her common thus relatable to the audience Without going through common events in life the character would seem distant and likeable to the audience Similarly when Emily said that she expects a man to be perfect it makes her special Wilder put in that scene because he believed that even though there is a basic image of an average person to be truly average the character must have a difference to separate the character from the crowd If the character doesnt have any differences then the character would be faceless impossible for the character to take a major role in the play Emily is portrayed uniquely in her own way and yet is still within the boundaries of everyone elseThe character Emily plays a crucial scene in the play the part where Emily went back to her twelfth birthday At first Emily wanted to go back and relive the happiest day of her life but Mrs Gibbs stopped her and told her to visit a normal day instead Mrs Gibbs knew what would happen to Emily if she had relived a joyful day in her life If
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