The Value Of Life In Oscar Wilde Wilder's Play '

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Wilder provides support for the declaration made in 1 Peter 1:24-25 of the meaningfulness of life through a portion of the Stage Manager's monologue in Act 3. At the beginning of Act 3, the Stage Manager states, “...everybody knows that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings” (87-88). The Stage Manager implies here that human beings possess the knowledge that something remains eternal, but lack the understanding of what that entails. The Stage Manager insists that this “eternal” exists within every human being and people can share it with others through daily interactions. Therefore, the Stage Manager’s words emphasize the significance Wilder sees in daily life and its eternal aspects. However, this does not stand as the sole evidence of Wilder’s belief that life contains a meaning and purpose, but provides more evidence near the end of Act 3. …show more content…
After she returns from her twelfth birthday at the end of Act 3, Emily asks, “Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?” (108). These words emphasize the value of everyday events that make up life. Throughout the play, the characters emphasize important events, such as George and Emily’s wedding, but do not seem to value the daily activities of their ordinary lives. Through this, Emily realizes that human beings waste opportunities every moment and take for granted what happens to them every day. Therefore Wilder cements his belief that the value of life, though it remains brief, displays itself in daily