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oExtraneous to the action, the Stage Manager can play all the parts, knows more about them than the charactersoIn bearing witness to the life of the lives taking place through individual characteristicsThe Uncanny SettingoOur Town violates the basic elements of drama, suspense narrative and dramaoThe core of drama is suspense, we want to know what will happen to the charactersoBut after introducing Doc Gibbs, the stage manager tells us that he died in 1930, that Mrs. Gibbs died first, that Howie Newsome died in the waroThe action thereafter seems to take place in an afterlifeFrom the local to the cosmicoThe daily events taking place in Our Town are so typical that they could happen any place. The context shifts from the provincially local to the cosmically inclusive, as in the last lines of Act I, when Rebecca tells George about the letter addressed to Jane Crofut.Life in Three ActsoThe three acts are organized out of the basic rhythms of lifeAct one: birth (doc gibbs delivers twins)
Act two: love (marriage of George and EmilyAct three: deathBefore the play concludes, Emily, who serves as the audiences primary means for identification, dies, yet returns to re experience her life after its loss. In re-living her 12thbirthday, Emily learns that every moment of life is sacredoThe drama of her return emerges as a series of demands, she asks her family members to perceive one another am zzxx if saving their appearance against oblivion. She asks her mother, “why don’t you look at me?”When her mother looks at Emily, she doesn’t see her, she takes her for granted, “you’re here but there’s nothing special about your being here.”O’Neill and WilderoIn desire and anna Christie, O’Neill dramatizes passionate relations that cannot be socialized through marriage. O’Neill represents family ties as the domestication of passionate, erotic attachment through identification with the social roles of husbands and wives/mothers and fathersoIn our townUnconditional loveoO’Neills characters experience erotic complexities that induce forgetfulness about being in loveoGeorge and Emily are in love that, like being, is unconditionaloI love you is void of predications and persistsBeing exceeds appearancesoWilder differs from O’Neill in that he proposes that eternity is what is in us more than ourselves, as life without any predicates in usoThe Stage Manager’s…The Wedding CeremonyThe Tie that BinsoThornton Widler celebrates relations, The hym blesses be the tie that binds is about the relationship of human beings to each otherUntying binding ties
oIn the scenes between George and his mother and Emily and her father, George and Emily experience their bond to one another as the disruption of her family bondsoShe is becoming someone other than a daughter or sister.

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