Study Guide

Our Town Love

By Thornton Wilder


In Our Town, love is centered on the family: marital love, fatherly love, etc. Love is an integral part of the characters’ lives, although sometimes they may take it for granted. The love that infuses their lives only strengthens the tragedy of death.

Questions About Love

  1. Do George and Emily love each other? How do you know?
  2. How does love relate to the theme of mortality?
  3. How does love function after death in Our Town?

Chew on This

Our Town has a very one-dimensional view of how love operates.