In this play, there are two main families on which the story focuses,the Webb family with a daughter named Emily, and the Gibbs family with a son named George. This play takes place in a little town, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. This play shows the reality and the way of life in which many people live. Thorton Wilder focuses on people in life not living in the moment. This play depicts the fact that many humans do not take value or pride in tasks they accomplish or time they are given on earth. In this play, The Webb and Gibbs family live by each other and live their lives in the same manner. The two families seem to be passive with the time they have on earth. The two families both have kids, and rush through their daily routines, such as breakfast without even talking to each other. The three acts take place in three different time periods. Act I takes place in 1901, Act II takes place in 1904 with a flashback to 1903, and Act III takes place in 1913 with a flashback to 1899. In act II Emily Webb and George Gibbs fall in love and get married. Between Acts II and III Emily dies giving childbirth, she has lived her life very passive and now her time ends. After her death, Emily is shown sitting in chairs (the cemetery) with all the others that have died between acts. Emily decides to relive another day in her life, the flashback goes to 1899 when Emily was 12. Emily learns how human beings waste much time in their lives and returns back to the cemetery. The play ends with the narrator telling the audience to go home and get some rest, leaving the living human beings with no knowledge of how human beings live their lives.
By Amanda S.