Emotional Complexity In Thornton Wilder's Our Town

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In Our Town, Thornton Wilder arranges an empty stage to portray life in Grover’s Corner as a stereotypical American town, and he seeks to enlighten his audience on a more relevant aspect of the seemingly boring village in this way. Wilder puts emphasis in displaying an altogether normal community through the narration of the stage manager and the stage presentation to provide viewers with an understanding of the emotional complexity of a human’s life. For instance, in the beginning of act one, he sets a literal stage as an introduction into the setting of the story: “No curtain. No scenery. The audience, arriving, sees an empty stage in half-light. (Loc. 247).” Through the simplicity of this arrangement, Wilder establishes the feeling of normality.
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