Margaret Edson’s Wit

The fine arts, Theatre being no exception, often cause us to view the world from a different perspective than our own. Margaret Edson’s Wit is an unflinching depiction of Vivian Bearing’s journey through the last days of her life.

Major themes in the play are LIFE, DEATH and REDEMPTION.

How does Dr. Bearing’s approach to life affect the acceptance of her pending death?

HINT: A dying individual’s approach to death is linked to the amount of meaning and purpose a person has found throughout their lifetime. Kubler-Ross (“five stages of grief” from her book On Death and Dying)

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