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Our Town vs Steel Magnolias To the casual observer Our Town the theatrical piece by Thornton Wilder is very different from the cinematic production entitled Steel Magnolias based on Robert Harlings original stage play Due to their differences in setting characters and mood it can be difficult to see the obvious parallels A more in-depth look at both pieces reveals many similarities in different areas such as daily life love marriage and death Despite the fact that Our Town takes place between 1901 and 1913 and Steel Magnolias is set in the late 1980s an average day in Grovers Corners is much like one in Chinquapin Both of these fictional cities demonstrate small-town life On an ordinary day in both cities the newsboys make their morning rounds delivering the daily newspapers to the townspeople In Chinquapin the delivery man distributes parcels to their recipients while the milkman in Grovers Corners delivers his goods A skirmish between George and Rebecca Gibbs corresponds to that of Shelbys brothers Jonathon and Tommy This pair of presentational life dramas is alike in relation to love and marriage as well as daily life Both stories as a result of love have wedding components In both weddings the grooms feel nervous about their futures They are overcome by potential feelings of sorrow and abundant happiness Both of the men want to see their brides on the day of the wedding and are told that it is bad luck to do so The parents also demonstrate cold feet by showing that they too are nervous not only for their children but also for themselves and the part of their lives that their children occupy The final way in which these pieces are alike is the most important and profound way It pertains to life and death and is expressed in both instances Both Shelby and Emily die in childbirth and are succeeded by their husbands parents and one child Though both
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