read each act of the three act play Our Town by Thornton Wilder English homework help

read each act of the three act play Our Town by Thornton Wilder English homework help

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you have to read each act of the three-act play, “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. It is also recommended that you watch the play in some form, as that is how plays are meant to be enjoyed!

ACT I—parts one & two

Recall

  • Which characters do we meet in this act? Of these characters, who seem to be the main characters?
  • In what settings (locations) are these characters found?
  • During what time period does the story take place?
  • What major events transpire during the course of the act?

Understand

  • Recalling which characters we see in this act, what are their relationships to one another? Be sure to answer in full sentences, and explain each character’s relationship to the other, as best you understand it.
  • Based on the events that occur in this scene, what do you predict will happen next? Use at least one quote from the play to explain your prediction.

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“Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. It is also recommended that you watch the play in some form, as that is how plays are meant to be enjoyed!

Apply

  • Which words/phrases were new to you? If none, which were at the higher end of your vocabulary? How did you determine what the author was trying to say at this point in the play?
  • From what point of view is this act told? From whose perspective are the events of this act unfolding? What elements of the play indicate this? Use at least one quote to support you answer.
  • According to George, what makes a happy marriage? What does Mr. Webb think makes a happy marriage? Find at least one quote from each of these two characters to support your answer.

Analyze

  • What is the tone of this act? What elements of the play create this tone? Consider dialogue, setting, stage directions, etc. Explain your answer.
  • Discuss the visual aspects of the play—props, staging, etc. How does the visual staging express the meaning of the play? What would be lost in a detailed, realistic staging? Discuss the symbolism of the dramatic visual images.