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What is the "something" that is eternal in Act III of Our Town?The quote is when the...

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witchiz78 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted September 18, 2009 at 10:45 AM via web

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What is the "something" that is eternal in Act III of Our Town?

The quote is when the stage manager says: "Now there are some things we all know, but we dont take'm out and look...there's something way down deep that's eternal about every human being..."

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted March 31, 2010 at 8:40 AM (Answer #1)

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In Our Town Act III, the "something" that is "way down deep that's eternal about every human being" is never named by Wilder but is generally called the soul and is represented by Wilder by the Dead Characters who think and feel and reason just like the living characters of the play. Wilder defines this "something" by the address on the letter Jane Crofut received from her Minister. The address ends with, "...the Universe; the Mind of God." The "something" in humanity dwells in the "Mind of God" in the same that it dwells in Grover's Corners. The connection with the mind of God establishes the idea of eternal.

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