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Our Town

Our Town

by

Thornton Wilder

 Table of Contents

Life

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

The play is an allegory of life structured over three days. Wilder begins the play at the crack of dawn, when the town is waking up, and concludes the play with the dead in the cemetery. The repetition of the sun’s cycle parallels the life cycle, with one important distinction. The human lifespan is not as long as the sun’s. And unlike a sun, when a person dies, he does not rise again. There is hope, however, in the human life cycle: reproduction. Significantly, Emily dies while giving birth to her second child. Although it is unclear whether her baby lived, we do know she has at least one child to survive her and continue the circle of life.

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