Similarities Between Washington McNeely by Edgar Lee Master and "Our Town" Comparison by Thornton Wilde

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Many authors are inspired to write by other things like a special thing in their day or sometimes other writings or poems. “Washington Mcneely” by Edgar Lee Masters and Our Town by Thornton Wilder themes because Our Town was inspired by many of Edgar Lee Masters’ poems. Both pieces of work share the themes of death and time, a character similarities between Mrs. Webb and Washington McNeely. Two themes the poem has is death and time. The poem displays the theme of time, because it starts out telling the story of a man who is from, and raises his children in, a noble and rich family. As his children get older, 2 of them died, and the others, to quote the poem “all were gone, or broken-winged or devoured by life”. He had lost, essentially all of his children, and as we find out his wife. The poem shows how he went from a great man with a happy family, to a lost man who is all alone. The next theme the poem shows is death. Death is all throughout the poem. It starts with a man living a good life, but as it goes on his first child leaves, his next 2 children die, and the next 3 become incredibly unsocial and that’s not even it! Near the end his wife, the mother of all 6 children, dies. “I sat under my cedar tree, till ninety years were tolled.” The poem ends with the man dying, after everything he had lost; he died in his favorite place to be, under his cedar tree. The book also displays the same themes as the poem. The book, Our Town shows the theme of time, because we see two

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