Overarching Themes In Our Town

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Thornton Wilder, through his play Our Town, illustrates the overarching theme that human beings should cherish every single moment in of their lives, regardless of how menial. Through his introduction of Grover’s Corners, Wilder demonstrates the theme by remarking upon the brevity of life, the appreciation of culture, and the importance of the everyday life. At George and Emily’s wedding, the theme appears in the consequences of lack of appreciation, the constant ageing of man, and the rapidity of time. Finally, the graveyard where Emily’s funeral occurs serves to display the time through the reassertion of the importance of everyday life, the brevity and rapidity of it, and finally the overall importance of appreciating the minutia of existence.

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