Our Town by Thornton Wilder?

Our Town by Thornton Wilder? Topic: How to write a good playwright
June 20, 2019 / By Dymphna
Question: okay i have to write a play report on the play "Our Town". i have not finished reading the play yet, and we have to sign up for our topics tomorrow. which topic would i be able to write the best paper on?: A. Compare and contrast two characters from the play in terms of the personality, behaviors, beliefs, and attitudes. B. Discuss playwrights commentary on and/or criticism of society in the play. What aspects of life, humanity, and human behavior does the playwright criticize and.or reverse and how does he/she do that? C. Explain the overall mood of the play and how the playwright creates it. D. Discuss development/change in the main character's personality, behavior, and/or beliefs from the beginning of the play to its end. thanks! haha, is it that bad? i have only read, like, 30 pages...i just cannot get into it.
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Cedar Cedar | 1 day ago
First off...finish the play. Read it aloud to yourself. It is a GREAT play. Personally one of my favourites. I saw a TV dramatic presentation done with Glynnis O'Connor and Robbie Benson. It's just such a great play. Give it another chance. I would choose A first or C second. There is a great mood in this play and AFTER you've read it, you'll see what I mean. You kind of have to visualize a different time... Good luck!
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Cedar Originally Answered: Thornton wilder's "Our Town"?
I would suggest that you actually read the book and do your own research. The only help I will give is that it is post WW1 and pre WW2. And anyway the character's motives are very intricate so your best off reading the play yourself.
Cedar Originally Answered: Thornton wilder's "Our Town"?
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A and D are certainly the easiest and require little more than good plot summarization skills. B is probably the most thematically fruitful, but you will probably spend the most time on it. I'm a high school English teacher with a theatre background. My advice would be to think about what your teacher expects. In my experience, he or she has probably led class discussion in a way that you would be led to gravitate towards one of the prompts. That said, your question is an awfully subjective one. How are you defining "best"? Do you want to know which will be the easiest to write about, or are you trying to figure out which will have the most interpretive/thematic "meat" to it? Are you trying to gauge which will take you the least amount of time to write? Also, my apologies on having to read Our Town. I can't imagine subjecting my kids to that sappy, melodramatic dreck.
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Annie Originally Answered: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Harper Lee, and Maya Angelou?
I've read books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Harper Lee but it's been some time since I've been meaning to look up books by Maya Angelou though I have read about her life and her works. Harper Lee, is known for her 1960 novel, To Kill A Mockingbird and she awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom of the United States for her contribution to literature in 2007. She was definitely not racist. In a certain way, she wanted equality which she voices through Scout's character in To Kill A mickingbird when she says that 'there is only one type of folks- folks'. Her story does not defend a slave because slavery was already abolished in the time she set the story. However, prejudices were very strong against the Blacks and many Whites felt undermined and wished to uselessly ascertain their supposed supremacy over Blacks. Through the character of Scout, she revolts against the unjust treatmet of slaves. Maya Angelou was a feminist activist who with others of the same school of thought as herself tried to reimagine ways of writing about women's lives and identities in a male-dominated society. Beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou uses the metaphor of a bird struggling to escape its cage described in the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem, "Sympathy", as a "central image" throughout all of her autobiographies.[18][86] Like elements within a prison narrative, the caged bird represents Angelou's confinement resulting from racism and oppression.[87] This metaphor also invokes the "supposed contradiction of the bird singing in the midst of its struggle". Laura Ingalls Wilder is well known for her Little House series. She bases the stories on her own experiences of growing up and moving about relentlessly.Some time after the 1930's, Laura eventually ceased fiction writing and spent the remainder of her life writing about and promoting her philosophies of personal freedom and liberty. She became one of the more influential American libertarians of the middle 20th century. Her books were interestin in the sense that they were alive. The characters were so mapped out out as they could be identified with. The hardships suffered by Laura in the book only make her stronger and bond her still closer to her family. I would suggest that you try reading as much as possible on the life and achievements of these three authors before you start your project. The more you know the better you will be able to write about them. Wikipedia is a good place to start. Here's the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Just type in the name of the author at the end to get started. Hope this helps!
Annie Originally Answered: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Harper Lee, and Maya Angelou?
The best way to find out about these three ladies is to read some of their work. I would recommend Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. There is an excellent biography out now about Harper Lee, called Harper. And reading one or more of the Little House on the Prairie books should give you some insight into Laura Ingalls Wilder. Don't cheat. Do the work! On the racial question about Harper Lee, she definitely was not prejudiced. That's the whole issue being fought in To Kill a Mockingbird. Read these books. Put yourself in these peoples shoes, and be moved and changed by them. That's the reason they are literary classics.

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