What is the "something" that is eternal in act 3 of Our Town? The quote is when the stage manager says: "Now there are some things we all know, but we don't take'm out and look...there's something way down deep that's eternal about every human being..."

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The something "eternal" that the Stage Manager refers to is the way in which people affect others when they are on earth and the memories that they create. These memories live on, beyond the time when people die.

During act 3 of the play, Emily, now a dead soul, returns...

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The something "eternal" that the Stage Manager refers to is the way in which people affect others when they are on earth and the memories that they create. These memories live on, beyond the time when people die.

During act 3 of the play, Emily, now a dead soul, returns to her memories of the past, and she revisits the day on which she turned 12. She sees her mother as she was many years before. Emily realizes that the living do not really regard each other or see each other with any clarity, but Emily is finally able to really see her mother more clearly by revisiting this day. The memories of this day are still intact, and they live on forever. Even when people die, these memories are eternal, as are the way the dead loved and interacted with others while alive.

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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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