From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Our Town

Our Town


by Thornton Wilder

Our Town Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Why does Wilder separate the three acts as: Daily Life, Love and Marriage, Death? Why not other options, such as birth, marriage, and death?
  2. What is the role of war in this play? How is war portrayed? Is it essential to the play’s message and story, or would this all still be relevant in peace time?
  3. Why does Wilder follow George and Emily, and not other characters?
  4. Is this a quintessentially American play, or would people from other countries and cultures also appreciate it?

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...