Essay on Critique of the Novel Our Town

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Thornton Wilder was born on April 17, 1897, and died on December 7, 1975. He was born in Madison, Wisconsin to Amos Wilder, an American diplomat, and Isabella Wilder. Thornton Wilder started writing plays in The Thacher School in Ojai, California, and graduated from Berkeley High School in 1915. He served in the Coast Guard in World War II. After the war he attended Oberlin College, then Yale University where he earned his B.A. in 1920. His writing was honed at Yale where he was a part of the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity which is a literary society. In 1926, he earned his M.A. in French from Princeton University. Wilder won Pulitzer Prizes for The Bridge of San Luis Rey in 1928, Our Town in 1938, and The Skin of Our Teeth in 1942. He also…show more content…
The stage manager serves as a narrator and gives the reader (or the audience) critical information throughout the play. Wilder’s purpose for writing the story in third person is so that the story can be whole and effective, as opposed to if it were written in first person, where only parts of the story could be told. Through the third person point of view, Wilder achieves his purpose, and is able to tell the story completely and objectively. Character Wilder employs mostly round characters in Our Town. Since the play represents three periods of time, Wilder is able to effectively show changes in the characters. The characters are distinct and believable, but they are not complex due to the story being a play and not having much narration. There are four major characters and several other minor characters. The role of the minor characters is to support the major characters and to help make the story complete. The Stage Manager is the first character that is introduced to the reader (or audience). Wilder himself played the Stage Manager for two weeks on Broadway. The Stage Manager does not seem to have any required characteristics or attributes. His role in the play is to narrate, as well as to act as some minor parts throughout the play. This character is unique in that he is the narrator of the play, sometimes acts as one of the town’s
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