Our Town Themes

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Life is like a routine. People focus on getting the job done or just watching television every day at the same time. People do not pay attention to the little things that are worth a lot when it is gone. Our Town written by Thornton Wilder is about George Gibbs and Emily Webb life divided up into three acts. In the Acts was about George and Emily relationship as a kid in school to getting married and last but not least Emily dying from childbirth. Appreciate the little things and live in the present, not the past or in the future.
Appreciate the little things is one of the themes in Wilder’s play, Our Town because people do not appreciate things until they are gone. “Good-by, Good-by, world. Good-by, Grover’s Corners… Mama and Papa. Good-by to clocks ticking.. and Mama’s sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new-ironed dresses and hot baths… and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to receive you” (Wilder 108). When Emily was saying her last goodbyes while in the afterlife, she was saying goodbye to things that she would
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In Act III, Emily chose a certain day to relive but she can not do anything to change the past, but just watch that day over again. “I can choose a birthday at least, can’t I? - I choose my twelfth birthday” (Wilder 100). This is a theme because people always want to go back into the past and change their mistakes or something should have done when it is too late. Changing the past is the impossible in reality not like a dream where people can control their dream to make it happy, sad, action-packed and more. Looking back will not help what is going on in the present now. Looking back is something to relive. The only thing people can do is just keep moving forward with their lives. Nobody will know what will happen in the

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