Our Town

by: Thornton Wilder

Suggested Essay Topics

1. Discuss the character of the Stage Manager. How does he fit into the world of the play?

2. Analyze the play’s portrayal of love, courtship, and married life. How do these aspects of life operate within the play’s overarching themes?

3. Why is Emily unhappy when she tries to relive part of her life after she dies? Defend your answer.

4. Discuss the conception of the “eternal” in the play. What does the Stage Manager believe “eternal” means? Do the events of the play agree with him? Why or why not?