April 23, 2004


I think that the play, "W;T" was very easy to read and I liked the story line. This play was assigned to be read after "The Diamond Age" and I think that that was a nice way to end the course. It was very different from "The Diamond Age" and it was much more to the point and clear to read. I like the relationship that Vivian had with the nurse Suzie. It seemed at points in the book that Suzie was the one person that Vivian wanted around. For example, on page 64 Vivian says, "Susie was on. I could hear her in the hall. I wanted her to come and see." That line right there made me see how lonely and how confused Vivian actually was.

I liked that Vivian was being treated by one of her students that was fond of her. During the play, there were many scences that talked about how gret Vivian was as a teacher and that made me feel like I actually knew Vivian. Even from the beginning of the play, I felt connected to Vivian. It was almost like I could picture her in my head in a hosiptal. The one part of the play that I did not like was the ending. It just seemed that Vivian was dead and people were pulling her and shouting around her. It was way too confused in that hosiptal room. I felt as though when she died it should of been more peaceful and a sense of comfort. But besides that I found the book exceelent to read. I am not surprised that it won the Pulitzer Prize.

Posted by GinaBurgese at April 23, 2004 12:47 PM

Agreed on all counts, Gina. Vivian was such a powerful character, and I think that the way she was given life through her characterization made her death inevitable, as sad as that may seem. I feel that, although there was confusion in the room after her death, she was peaceful in her exit and she was probably laughing (in her wit) from heaven.

Posted by: Karissa at April 24, 2004 10:58 AM

I definatly agree that Vivian was a powerful character. I don't think that Susie was the only person that she wanted to talk to, I think that Vivian knew that Susie was a kind hearted understanding person who was good about giving her attention in the time of need.

Posted by: Sue at April 26, 2004 06:31 PM
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