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 being called Wit is significant (brings out underlying meaning, themes, ideas, etc.)?
The play is called W;t for several reasons. It's central character, Vivian, is a poetry professor who values the concept of wit both personally and professionally, teaching and studying the use of wit in life and literature. Vivian uses wit to be humorous and to deflect pain, while valuing the intelligence behind it. The use of the semicolon refers to Vivian's determination to outwit death and her ultimate understanding that she, and wit, cannot.