May 02, 2006


I really enjoyed this play. Edson portrayed a great character study and it was by far the best read yet. I was intrigued how well Edson lead her life, and gave vivid examples of her journey "quest" of battling cancer. I could only wonder how she felt the day that she found out she has an insidious stage IV ovarian tumor. This play gave such detail to the intersection and dosages of medicine and treatment, the combination of VIN and HEX, IV's and catheter's, and not to mention the tubes in every oriphus.

In this play warning lived an isolated life. Margaret Edson's "W;T" ties in really well with one of our other texts we read in EL150. Vivian's tells us about Donne's sonnets( "Death Be Not Proud") and the importance of Donne's crafty punctuation and i compared this read to Truss's "Eats, Shoots and Leaves." Vivian uses Donne's sonnets to comfort her and helped her to try to control this deadly battle. To me Vivian almost seems non-humanistic. Which i feel has alot to do with the metaphysical sonnets by John Donne, and salvation anxiety.

Susie: "But what happened in the end?"
Jason: "End of what?"
Susie: "To Jonh Donne. Does he ever get it?"
Jason: "Get what?"
Susie: "His salvation anxiety. Does he ever understand?"

I would like to hear from another english major. What do you feel is the life and death of an english major? Could it be this play W;T?

She points out the importance of the lowercase "death" over the capital "D," again making death less powerful, alot smaller. Edson also describes in telling us that the comma is nothing but a pause, which seemed to me that the pause was the difference between ones life and death. "Nothing but a breath--a comma--separates life from life everlasting," says Ashford, whome is Vivian's professor.

Posted by SarahLodzsun at May 2, 2006 04:50 PM
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