IMG_8000I’m in the midst of preparing for the high school literature class I’ll be teaching in our co-op this year, so I’ve been reading lots of classics, many of which I haven’t read before.

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I’m planning to use Sonlights Core 430, the first 18 weeks of co-op, and the students in my class should earn 1/2 English credit.

The first book on my list to read was Our Town.  Surprisingly, I had not read this play before.  It was a quick read at only a bit more than 100 pages, but it stuck with me long after I finished reading.

Our Town, which won the Pulitzer Prize, follows the lives of two families, the Gibbs and the Webbs.  The oldest Gibbs child and the oldest Webb child grow up together and gradually fall in love.  They marry, but then, a few years later, tragedy strikes.

This play examines our daily routines as humans and also looks at how caught up we can get in our daily lives and our worries, at the expense of happiness and joy that we should derive from our lives, especially since life is so fleeting.

I have to admit, on one hand, I found this play rather simplistic.  Perhaps it’s because it was written 80 years ago and life now just isn’t as simplistic as Wilder portrayed it.

Yet, despite the simplicity, I kept thinking of this play long after I had finished reading it, so perhaps it’s still a very effective play, even in our current times.

I give this play 4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

Have you read or watched this play?  If so, what did you think of it?

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