This preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.
This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.View Full Document
Unformatted text preview: WRA 150 MSU Alan Chadwick once wrote, “[Humans] are the living links in a life force that moves and plays around and through [them], binding the deepest soils with the farthest stars.” Thornton Wilder's play, Our Town, features a hymn that binds the small town and its residents together for eternity. Blessed Be the Tie That Binds plays an integral role with its chilling lyrics, appearing in all three acts at three crucial moments of the play. With the hymn, Wilder interweaves the three most prominent aspects of human existence: life, love, and death. The choir sings Blessed Be the Tie That Binds during Act I, Act II, and Act III to evoke the importance of companionship. As Simon Stimson leads choir practice in Act I, the town carries out their activities in the evening moonlight. The hymn's second line reads, “The fellowship of kindred mind is like to that above” (Course Packet), thus specifically applies to Act I as the townspeople perform their nightly tasks. As the “children are at home doing their school work” (Wilder, 34), the day winds down “like a tired clock” (34), the moonlight shines. George and Emily become closer as the choir sings and the moonlight lights the night. In her romantic distraction, Emily notes the “terrible” (36) moonlight. Elsewhere, Mrs. Webb, Mrs. Gibbs, and Mrs. Soames walk home from choir practice in moonlight “as bright as day” (40). The women gossip about different aspects of the town, thus binding together different members of their community. When binding together different members of their community....
View Full Document
This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course WRA 150 taught by Professor Vetne during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.
- Spring '08
- Our Town, Emily