Character Analysis: You Must Learn To Lose In Our Town By Thornton Wilder

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“You must learn to lose, child. Some people is born to keep. Some is born to lose. ” This is a quote by mother from Sounder written by William H. Armstrong. This quote also addresses the book Our Town written by Thornton Wilder. Part of life is death and although many people fail to understand the concept, it is true. Everyone has at least one encounter with death during their lifetime that is not their own. In both Sounder and Our Town most of the characters have to experience the feeling of losing someone they loved. Mother and the boy from Sounder loose father after not seeing him for years and Mrs. Webb loses both of her children at young ages. No experience of death is the same and everyone reacts differently but one thing that these …show more content…
Webb is a character from the book Our Town, this book is a play that demonstrates the cycle of life. Mrs. Webb was married to Mr. Webb and had two children, Emily and Wally. Wally tragically died at a young age towards the beginning of the book, which left his parents and sister distraught. “The whole world’s wrong, that’s what’s the matter.” said Mrs. Webb dressing how horrible the world can be at times. During the rest of the book the living characters lived their lives. Later, George and Emily had a beautiful wedding, and were destined to live happily ever after. Together they had a son, and it was when Emily was giving birth to their second child that Emily sadly passed away. It seemed as though George and the boy’s lives were over, but life goes on. George knew as sad as it was he had to stay strong for his young son. This play demonstrates that when bad things happen good things can come out of it, like a new baby boy being brought into the …show more content…
The boy moved on the become a professor who shared their story to the world, however we don’t know exactly what mother did with the rest of her life. When her son left to begin his education, she is left with the responsibility of feeding and raising her other children by herself. It must have been hard for mother to provide for those children all by herself, but at the same time she was more than proud of her oldest son who would make his life more complete with his education. “Go child. The Lord has come to you” said mother, rejoicing that the Lord guided her son into the hands of this teacher. Mother had to have become a stronger person to raise her children by herself after losing and husband and not having her son

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