Our Town | Study Guide

Thornton Wilder

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Thornton Wilder

First Performed





Allegory, Drama

Perspective and Narrator

Our Town is narrated by the Stage Manager, a godlike and omniscient person who speaks directly to the audience. He knows everything about everyone in Grover's Corners, including its past and its future.

About the Title

Our Town could be anyone's hometown; the play is an allegory about the meaning of life, which Thornton Wilder finds in the seemingly insignificant events that occur and reoccur through the generations.


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