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What are two significant reasons for the semicolon in the play W;t?

The semicolon in the title of Margaret Edson’s play W;t is significant for two reasons: this punctuation mark is misused by Vivian in her attempts to control both literary meaning and death....

Latest answer posted March 10, 2020 2:16 am UTC

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How are Vivian and Jason alike in the play Wit?  

This is such a great question! After having read the previous two answers, I think I can add a bit. It's important to note that Vivian is not just a hard-nosed, cold professor, she was specifically...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2018 12:05 am UTC

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Explore the themes of love in Wit.  

One of the irony's in Edson's Wit is that Vivian Bearing is a significant professor of John Donne, one of the foremost poets on love in the English language. At the same time, she is someone for...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2019 8:37 pm UTC

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How do patterns of knowing in nursing emerge from this movie?

In the movie version of the play “Wit,” patterns of knowing in nursing emerge through nurse Susie Monahan’s interactions with Vivian. Throughout their shared scenes, Susie observes, listens, and...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2020 4:57 pm UTC

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Identify the climax of Wit.

As the plot of Wit progresses, Vivian Bearing becomes increasingly aware that, in regard to the experimental and desperate form of chemotherapy that she is receiving, the doctors are far more...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2019 10:55 pm UTC

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Identify the main characters of "Wit", and who they are in relation to the protagonist. What is their function?  

Vivian Bearing, a fifty-year-old professor of English literature, is the protagonist of the story. She's spent her life researching and teaching the works of John Donne and other...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2007 7:12 am UTC

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What is a strong topic for an essay on "Wit"? 

Humanity and humiliation in illness is a major theme in “Wit” by Margaret Edson. Death is the force that compels Bearing to reflect on her life during the process of the play. “Edson's having...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2009 10:29 am UTC

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In "Wit," what are the archetypes of Vivian's father, Professor Ashford, and Dr. Posner?

Carl Jung lists twelve archetypes or personality types that are prominent in many myths, novels, and movies. The twelve archetypes are basically divided into three universal groups: the Ego types,...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2017 5:56 pm UTC

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Why is the play called Wit? It is sometimes stylized as W;t. Why is this? What are two reasons as to why the play...

Margaret Edson’s play Wit follows Vivian Bearing—renowned professor of seventeenth-century poetry—through her treatment for and final days of advanced metastatic ovarian cancer. The title is...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2020 11:45 pm UTC

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Explain the themes which cut to the core of Edson's play 'Wit'?

Like all good plays, it's not certain that you can easily 'cut to the core' of it too easily: it's about lots of things all at once, and it has a variety of interests and themes. The main one, in...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2012 3:49 pm UTC

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What are some examples of the ways of knowing in nursing?

The character Susie Monahan is an RN who plays a crucial role in providing the professional treatment and personal assistance to the protagonist, Vivian Bearing. Playwright Margaret Edson draws a...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2020 4:39 am UTC

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What is the role of perspective in the play Wit by Margaret Edson and how does it contribute to the theme of the play?

One theme of the play W;t is the illusion—and ultimate lack—of control a person has over disease and death. Playwright Margaret Edson illustrates this theme through protagonist Vivian’s diminishing...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2020 6:11 pm UTC

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How does Margaret Edson's Wit account for Vivian Bearing's transformation in her character?

In Edson's Wit, Vivian Bearing transforms as a character after she ends up in the hospital dying of ovarian cancer. Vivian is a professor and scholar who is an expert on the poetry of John Donne,...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2011 10:40 pm UTC

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I need a specific, preferably simple, scene in "Wit" to write a review about.  

Margaret Edson's play, Wit, is a fun one to look at. Even though the play is not separated into Acts, it is fairly easy to break the text down into scenes. Try the Grand Rounds scene. This is where...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2012 4:32 am UTC

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“One thing that can be said for an eight month course of cancer treatment is that it is highly educational.” What...

What Vivian Bearing might need to learn is how to experience life physically. Remember, Vivian is an exacting and esteemed John Donne scholar. Her remarkable knowledge of the English metaphysical...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2021 4:23 pm UTC

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How important is the play format to Margaret Edson’s Wit?

It’s possible to argue that the play format of Wit is of critical importance. The form spotlights the singular character of Vivian Bearing in a way that a novel or a short story might not. The play...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2021 3:44 pm UTC

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