Our Town Themes & Motifs

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Americana

Americana is a theme that is found replete throughout Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town. Americana is that which is uniquely American in nature and in character. Americana includes the morals, values, ideas, beliefs, and practices of Americans, as well as customs, styles, products, accoutrements, devices, and other things utilized by Americans. Americana is a beautiful, timeless, and emotionally moving thing in Thornton Wilder’s play, reminding Americans of any given generation or year of the best about themselves.

In terms of Americana metaphysically, Americans of the present age find much to relate to with Americans of the past. Family is a valuable, wonderful, and crucial thing in life. Americans in the play do not complain, but they go about their lives as moral, hardworking people who value their history as people and as Americans. They value their homes as well. They are kind and polite...

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