April 23, 2004

The journey of a Cancer Patient

To live the life of solidarity that Vivan, the main character in W;it did is out of this world to me. For her to go through her life without ever caring for anyone makes me feel sorry for her.

Unlike the awkwardness that Karissa felt, or the feeling of not being able to understand what the character is going through that Amanda felt, I looked at the play like I was watching my mentor give in when I knew she was such a strong person.

I feel that I have learned so much from this play that I would never have learned without reading it. Vivian showed the audience (or reader) how to keep one's head up in the face of adversity, how one should keep their wits about them when something terrible happens to them. I feel that I have learned how to be a stronger person. I did not feel ashamed to chuckle at the wittiness of some of Vivian's statements, I felt myself laughing along with her.

At the end of the play, my heart bled for the woman as she died not even knowing that her single visitor, her own mentor, had come to visit her. The only woman that Vivian had ever felt like she had connected with and the poor woman was in so much pain that that was all she experianced. She showed me that life without anyone is a sad life and one not worth living.


Posted by Tiffany Brattina at April 23, 2004 3:06 PM

Hey Tiffany,
I think Vivian did know that her mentor visited her. I remember her asking Vivian if she wanted to hear some of Donne's poems, and Vivian said "NOOOO!" I too laughed with her. You should watch the movie, it's great!
Thanks for blogging at my page. Could you blog back a response to this question:
"What did Dr. Gray say in particular that made you doubt/reconsider the possibility of being a teacher?" (He said so many things in class, I can't remember it all.) Thanks!

Posted by: Michael Diezmos at April 23, 2004 4:15 PM

I liked the play, but I felt extremely uncomfortable in certain spots. Even if she did say something witty, and I got it, I was still reserved. The entire idea of death makes me question my laugh patterns.

Posted by: Amanda at April 23, 2004 4:18 PM

"She showed me that life without anyone is a sad life and one not worth living." -Tiffany

This is back up for a statement I made in class awhile ago. I think it was concerning _The Diamond Age_, but I don't recall. I said that life, without human connection and companionship, isn't life.

I'm so glad that you see that with me! Honestly, an existence without laughing, talking, sharing, crying, and growing with someone is a sad and, one would assume, painful existence. Vivian was in pain from the cancer and chemotherapy treatments, but can anyone be certain of the pain she felt in her heart without love?

If, in fact, she did not feel pain in this way, why? Due to a lifetime of hardened emotions? forgetting how to feel? unlearning human characteristics? We don't know what she felt, so we can speculate, but personally, I believe that anyone living is deserving of love and care, and denying oneself of that right is signing a death warrant.

Good questions, Tiff. :^)

Posted by: Karissa at April 24, 2004 10:23 AM

Her w;tticisms were most nearly personal criticisms, in denying herself companionship. (I forgot to add that one..)

Posted by: Karissa at April 24, 2004 10:25 AM

Mike - I think that her shout at the words were more out of her subconscious thought and not her actually knowing that someone was there physically. Perhaps she believed that her shout would stop the very same words from running through her head, or she might have even believed her friend to be a figment of her imagination.

Amanda - My family always said that I was a light-hearted person and that my way of dealing with death was not to dwell on the fact that the person had died, but to be happy and the life they are going into. I dislike going to funeral parlors, especially when I didn't know the person very well, but a joke made by the person in life or even a funny story about that person has always brought smiles to a very somber place. To celebrate a person's life is glorious, and helps to remember the life they will lead with God. This key exsistance is what Vivian was missing. Those to remember her as a person, not as the mean old professor, but as a person. She didn't have those to celebrate for her and to help her soul to move on.

Karissa - You have brought up questions that I myself have wondered the answers to and still can not find them in the text. What could have happened to Vivian in her younger life to turn her so cold hearted toward those around her? Who broke her heart to make her such a sad person? I guess we will never know the answers, but Vivian (as I said before) showed me the kind of person that I never want to be.

Phew! I made it! This has to be one of the longest comments I have left on anyone's blog! So for now adu!


Posted by: Tiffany at April 25, 2004 12:22 AM

And there's nothing wrong with leaving a LONG comment on your -own- blog, Tiffany!! You've been quite the commenter this semester (after we all got over our averse reactions to "forced blogging" in journalism...) ;^)

Posted by: Karissa at April 25, 2004 2:12 PM
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