Our Town contains two pivotal choices. The first is when George forgoes vocational school in favor of marriage to Emily. This decision can be viewed in various ways: the triumph of love over career, the sacrifice love requires, etc. Regardless, it is an important choice in the play. The second pivotal choice is Emily’s decision to relive her past despite the warnings of other dead people. Her decision calls attention to the play’s biggest theme: that of life’s transience.
The range of choices for the characters in Our Town is tightly circumscribed and therefore limits the play’s world.