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Our Town

Our Town


by Thornton Wilder

Tools of Characterization

Character Analysis


The Stage Manager wears a hat and smokes a pipe. Combined, they reflect his role as a kindly old man who wants to tell the audience a story about some families in Grover’s Corners.

Sex and Love

The characters in Our Town are married, or will be married, and sex before marriage is unheard of. This reflects the town’s conservative, Christian nature.


Doc Gibbs refuses to take time to rest when his services are in demand, and Mr. Webb reaches out to Simon. These actions show us that both men are kind souls.