Everyone Pursues Happiness In Thornton Wilder's Our Town

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Everyone pursues happiness, even in Our Town. There are a variety of ways to do this, some with positive and some with negative side effects. Simon Stimson, filled his life with drinking, and a grumpy bad attitude, and as a result he felt his life was empty. Emily Webb chose a good relationship with George on the farm over a bright academic future. Then at the same time, George Gibbs chose a relationship with Emily over baseball and going to agriculture school. In the play Our Town, Thornton Wilder develops the idea that, when a character is trying to fulfill what he thinks is a hole, or flaw in his or her life, they try to fill that hole with something they greatly enjoy. Not everyone realizes, however, that the important things in life are things such as relationships, caring for others, and appreciating life.…show more content…
No one really payed him much attention, that is, positive attention, unless they had to. Simon thought life was just, “To move about in a cloud of ignorance” and “To be always at the mercy of one self-centered passion, or another.” This ideology and how lonely his life was, probably is what lead him to take his own life a few years after George and Emily’s wedding. Simon made a choice to fill the hole within himself with ”fake happiness” instead of things like good relationships and appreciating life. This bad choice led to an arrogant, miserable, and lonely life full of self-pity, and him eventually taking his own
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