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Our Town Summary
Thornton Wilder

Everything you need to understand or teach Our Town by Thornton Wilder.

  • Our Town Summary & Study Guide
  • 13 Student Essay
  • 1 Encyclopedia Article
  • 17 Literature Criticism
  • ...and more
  • 30 Our Town Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
  • Pre-Made Tests and Quizzes
  • ...and more

Our Town Summary

Plot Summary

Our Town is a play by Thornton Wilder that revolves around life in the small town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. It is considered one of the greatest American plays. Specifically, the play focuses around the lives of George and Emily as they come together, only to be separated in the end.

When the play begins, George and Emily are teenaged neighbors and good friends, as are their parents. Over time, a romance is kindled between them, which culminates in marriage. As this happens, the Stage Manager narrates, explains things to the audience, and comments on things as they occur, so the audience will have a better context of the times and ways of the Corners. The audience is able to see a young, vibrant, and hardworking lower-middle class America that is honorable, moral, and unfailingly kind. Much of the play thus is familiar to modern Americans...

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Study Pack

The Our Town Study Pack contains about 227 pages of study material in 39 products, including:

Our Town Study Guide

Lesson Plan

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Our Town Lesson Plans contain 132 pages of teaching material, including: