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Two little bunnies

It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is sopor--sop--or--what is that word? Look at that a little allegory of the soul. No matter where it hides, God will find it.
Wit -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

In Margaret Edson's play, Wit, the main character Vivian twice describes a children's story involving a bunny. She flashes back to the first story, written by Beatrix Potter and entitled The Flopsy Bunnies, remembering how she learned what the word soporific meant. The second time she describes a bunny, it is unclear if she imagines her old professor coming to visit or if the visit is real. Regardless, of the reality of the visit, however, she again learns about a bunny, but this time the story, entitled The Runaway Bunny, is about a bunny who cannot escape his mother's love. In both of these circumstances, Vivian learns something: the first story is a development of her intellect, the second a development of her soul. This transition emulates the transformation Vivian undergoes while battling cancer. She changes from a strictly intellectual being to a person who recognizes the importance of the soul.


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