Study Guide

Our Town Marriage

By Thornton Wilder


Marriage in Our Town is shown as a big step, the penultimate moment of a young person’s life. Love and companionship are prized as giving meaning to life. Yet marriage in Our Town is not entered into lightly, as we see when Mr. and Mrs. Webb reminisce over the early days of their marriage, and when George and Emily have their moments of hesitation.

Questions About Marriage

  1. Think about George and Emily’s wedding. What are they worried about? What are their parents worried about? Which concerns overlap? Which diverge?
  2. To what extent do the Stage Manager’s views on weddings concur with his other views? To what extent do they conflict?

Chew on This

Weddings in Our Town do not indicate success or failure of the actual marriage.