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Thornton Wilders Our Town spans twelve years in the life of Grovers Corners New Hampshire Throughout this time period the play portrays both routine daily life and major events in the lives of George Gibbs Emily Webb and their families Present throughout is the Stage Manager who gives informal commentary and explanation of the plays characters and events Although the play begins and ends in Grovers Corners it ranges far beyond the village boundaries As specific as the dates places and characters are it is apparent that life in general rather than individual lives is the focusThe characters in the book go about life as if it truly were a scripted play There is no spontaneity or excitement I believe Wilders purpose in this is to portray the importance of finding value above all price for even the smallest events in our daily lives To appreciate everything without exception in life Our claim our hope and our despair are what we make of them and only we have the power to change them The scenery that surrounds us is not important you should live life as full as you possibly can You should always appreciate life and most people do not Others do but not enough really understand that they shouldnt let life pass them by because who knows this may be your only shot at it I see Our Town not as a sad and sentimental play but as a celebration of daily life in the knowledge of deaths inevitabilityThe tragedy in failing to grasp the value of common routine events becomes evident in the cemetery scene at the end of Our Town In her brief return to life Emily realizes that she has let much of it slip past her attention It goes so fast she cries We dont have time to look at one another In tears she asks the Stage Manager Do any human beings ever realize life while they live
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