The play takes the audience through the cycles of life, with the purpose of getting a message across stating that life shouldn't be taken for granted. Emily Webb, one of the most important characters in the play, is Wilder's character in which he uses to show the audience a message that anyone would understand and relate to. Emily is. Much like art, and literature a play has a message to communicate to the audience.
The play Our Town, illustrates the true essence of small town living. When living in a small town, people see a familiar face wherever they go and know the history and character behind these individuals. The dead are discussing this insignificance and unawareness of the living when. The play Our Town was something so unique and simple, but it somehow found a way to relate with everyone.