Study Guide

Simon Stimson in Our Town

By Thornton Wilder

Simon Stimson

Simon, the town drunk and choir director, is the sore thumb that sticks out in Our Town's perfect tableau of small town life. His drinking problem is by far the most serious problem we see in Grover’s Corners, yet none of the townspeople makes an effort to reach out to him. Because of this, Simon is the play’s most mysterious character. What drove him to alcohol? What was he like before he started drinking? Why isn’t he fired from his job? There is a noticeable lack of information regarding Simon, and it reflects the seamier side of small town life.