How does Simon Stimson's life and death change the way that you understand life and death in the play?
Simon Stimson seems permanently unhappy and permanently contemptuous. While all the dead seem distanced from the living, Simon Stimson seems to genuinely see them as stupid, perhaps because he has no positive memories of his own life. The dead are not completely changed from who they were in life—they simply exist at a distance from it, because they are waiting for something else. Simon Stimson seems to be evidence of that.
Why does each act of Our Town start with a speech from the Stage Manager and a conversation between two characters who are not central to the story?...
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