Our Town Thornton Wilder
Definition: The inhabitants of a city or town.OR A people with common interests living in a certain area.
Think about it
My town isWho is in your town?
Who are the people you interact with every day?
DIRECTIONS: In jour journals, write until I call stop:
Thornton Wilder 1897 -1975 American novelist who wrote several playsKnown for his unique treatment of universal themesBelieved that TRUTH could only be discovered in the lives of ordinary people
Our TownWritten in: 1937Genre: Realism Realism is identified when artists/ writers attempt to capture the real world within their art. Facts and Info: A three-act play modeled after several New Hampshire towns -set in 1901.
Our Generations RealismOur Generations Realism in Television
Wilder and RealismIn Our Town Wilder intends to capture the universal experience of being alive. Donald MarguliesHe does this by addressing three universal themes: Daily LifeLove Death
Wilder uses the Alienation EffectThis technique is designed to distance the audience from emotional involvement in the play through jolting reminders of the artificiality of the theatrical performance.Technique Examples include explanatory captions or illustrations projected on a screen; actors stepping out of character to lecture, summarize, or sing songs; and stage designsthat do not represent any locality but that, by exposing the lights and ropes.To effectively do this Wilder manipulates the: StagingSettingStage Manager
StagingMinimal scenery Guides audience to focus on the internal rather than external. Allows the setting to be more universal.
Setting Perpetual Present Tense: All past, present, and future actions take place in the here and now. Time is fluid
Stage ManagerRole: Narrator and characterPurpose: The audiences connection between the play and reality.
The stage manager encourages the audience to reflect on what they are seeing by interrupting the plot to comment on the action.
Based on the three motifs Wilder chose [daily life, love, and death], infer why he would use the Alienation Effect to keep us from becoming lost in the play.
What is his hope for his thinking audience?
Write your answer in your notebook. This should be a well-developed one paragraph response.
Due BLOCK DAY, September 11/12Bring to class a picture that visually represents one of the 3 acts from our text:1. Daily Life2. Love & Marriage3. DeathOn the back of your picture, explain your interpretation as to how your picture relates to the act that you chose.
Written as a play.
*The purpose is to give us a real-life or a true perspective into the lives of the people we are watching. These are just a few examples of how we go about capturing real life in our art-entertainment today. I am sure we can think of many more.