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Introduction Our Town by Thornton Wilder is a well-known drama and a classic piece of literature not only in the United States but all over the world Much has been written about it and many stages have played it Before creating this paper I thought about how to aproach it Even though I decided not to go into detail about the individual characters in the play I still wanted to show how lovingly and affectionately Wilder has portrayed them So instead of analyzing the main characters I will begin with a short description of the town and its people because that shows us as the readers a lot about the way of life in Grovers Corners How do the people treat each other what do they think about their fellow citizens Does their attitude change within the play I decided to put an emphasis on the motives and themes of the play because they shape the play and make it unique So I will go about it by looking at the Stage Manager and his role in Our Town I will write about the central theme love and about Thornton Wilders dual vision I think that these themes are strongly expressive In the end I will show how or if the play is connected to American Historyand the political situation of the time during which it was written Even though I read quite a lot of secondary literature in preparation for my presentation in class as well as for the term paper I found that for a great part of the realization of this paper it suited me better to work mainly with Wilders text and to analyze it myself You will notice this in the footnotes Secondary literature helped me to better understand some of Wilders intentions but I felt more comfortable working closely with the primary text 1 Description of the town After the opening of the curtain there is
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