History Theatre / Wit

26th Nov '16 6:22:44 AM Morgenthaler
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A 1999 Pulitzer-Prize winning play by Margaret Edson that was later adapted to television by MikeNichols and Creator/EmmaThompson, ''Wit'' is about Vivian Bearing, an English professor who specializes in the metaphysical poetry of John Donne, who finds out she has an aggressive case of ovarian cancer. The story depicts her struggles with her illness and chemotherapy, as well as dealing with hospital bureaucracy. She spends much of the story [[BreakingTheFourthWall discussing the situation with the audience]], reflecting on her life and the choices she's made, as well as the poetry she's studied and how it relates to her current condition.

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A 1999 Pulitzer-Prize winning play by Margaret Edson that was later adapted to television by MikeNichols Creator/MikeNichols and Creator/EmmaThompson, ''Wit'' is about Vivian Bearing, an English professor who specializes in the metaphysical poetry of John Donne, who finds out she has an aggressive case of ovarian cancer. The story depicts her struggles with her illness and chemotherapy, as well as dealing with hospital bureaucracy. She spends much of the story [[BreakingTheFourthWall discussing the situation with the audience]], reflecting on her life and the choices she's made, as well as the poetry she's studied and how it relates to her current condition.
6th Nov '15 6:20:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* BechdelTest: Passes easily. Although it's an interesting case since the amount of times it passes may technically change depending on the gender of the viewer, given that Vivian talks to the audience (whether live or through the camera) directly about a number of subjects other than men.
6th Nov '15 6:20:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[WellDoneSonGuy "Well Done, Student" Teacher]]: Professor Ashford.
6th Nov '15 6:19:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* BreakTheHaughty

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* %%* BreakTheHaughty



* [[spoiler:DoomedProtagonist]]

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* [[spoiler:DoomedProtagonist]]%%* DoomedProtagonist



* [[spoiler:DyingAlone]]: It's implied this happened to Vivian, but we can't be sure.

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* [[spoiler:DyingAlone]]: DyingAlone: It's implied this happened to Vivian, but we can't be sure.



* [[spoiler:GoodNightSweetPrince: Professor Ashford quotes the second half of this line when she says goodbye to Vivian, despite her not actually being dead at that point.]]

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* [[spoiler:GoodNightSweetPrince: Professor GoodNightSweetPrince: [[spoiler:Professor Ashford quotes the second half of this line when she says goodbye to Vivian, despite her not actually being dead at that point.]]



* [[spoiler:OnlyMostlyDead]]: Jason's attitude towards Vivian once [[spoiler:her heart stops.]]

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* [[spoiler:OnlyMostlyDead]]: OnlyMostlyDead: Jason's attitude towards Vivian once [[spoiler:her heart stops.]]
6th Nov '15 6:19:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* ActingForTwo: In the stage version, Kelekian and Vivian's dad are played by the same actor, possibly as a [[RuleOfSymbolism comment]] on the inherently paternalistic relationship between doctors and patients.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece / ScienceMarchesOn: The play was originally performed in 1999 and as a result, Vivian's fate is completely inexorable. Had it been set in the present day, Vivian probably would have been able to get tested for the [[http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-help/type/breast-cancer/about/risks/breast-cancer-genes#options faulty breast cancer gene]], which has also been linked to ovarian cancer. Her mum's death would have been a red flag. It still might not have been enough to [[spoiler:save her life or]] stop her from becoming ill, but she would have at least had a warning and would have been able to take some preventative steps.
25th Aug '15 6:39:02 PM KnightLight321
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* ArcWords: "Death thou shalt die". Also "soporific."
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted.

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* ArcWords: "Death "And death, thou shalt die". Also "soporific."
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted. Vivian's appearance goes gradually downhill as she suffers more and more from her cancer. Notably, her hair [[BaldWoman is among the first of her features to go]].
14th Jun '15 3:14:32 AM IJVin
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* BechdelTest: Passes easily. Although it's an interesting case since the amount of times it passes may technically change depending on the gender of the viewer, given that Vivian talks to the camera directly about a number of subjects other than men.

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* BechdelTest: Passes easily. Although it's an interesting case since the amount of times it passes may technically change depending on the gender of the viewer, given that Vivian talks to the camera audience (whether live or through the camera) directly about a number of subjects other than men.



* TheCameo: Creator/HaroldPinter as Vivian's father.

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* TheCameo: In the film, Creator/HaroldPinter as Vivian's father.



* FriendlessBackground: Vivian. When Professor Ashcroft suggests that she go out and enjoy herself with her friends, she seizes up inside:

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* FriendlessBackground: Vivian. When Professor Ashcroft Ashford suggests that she go out and enjoy herself with her friends, she seizes up inside:



* [[spoiler:GoodNightSweetPrince: Professor Ashcroft quotes the second half of this line when she says goodbye to Vivian, despite her not actually being dead at that point.]]

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* [[spoiler:GoodNightSweetPrince: Professor Ashcroft Ashford quotes the second half of this line when she says goodbye to Vivian, despite her not actually being dead at that point.]]



* MagicalNegro: Susie comes close, both as a nurse who's almost too angelic, and as the one major character whose background isn't explored.
* MissingMum: While we at least meet Vivian's dad, any details about her mum are conspicuously absent, despite her living for twenty years longer than him and having [[spoiler:died]] in roughly the same manner as Vivian.

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* MagicalNegro: In the film, Susie (played by Audra Mc Donald) comes close, both as a nurse who's almost too angelic, and as the one major character whose background isn't explored.
* MissingMum: While we at least meet Vivian's dad, any details about her mum are conspicuously absent, despite her living for twenty years longer than him and having [[spoiler:died]] [[spoiler:died, at least in the film,]] in roughly the same manner as Vivian.



* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Emma Thompson sticks with her natural English accent. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since academics tend to develop odd accents from working and living abroad for long periods of time.

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Emma Thompson in the film sticks with her natural English accent. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since academics tend to develop odd accents from working and living abroad for long periods of time.



* ShownTheirWork: Towards the end of the play, Vivian displays what is colloquially known as the [[spoiler:"O Sign", where morbidity is indicated by the patient being slack-jawed to the point of their mouth forming an "O" shape.]]

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* ShownTheirWork: Towards the end of the play, film, Vivian displays what is colloquially known as the [[spoiler:"O Sign", where morbidity is indicated by the patient being slack-jawed to the point of their mouth forming an "O" shape.]]



* TooCleverByHalf: Jason. A brilliant young man with a terrible ego and an abysmal bedside manner who forgets the entire point of his cancer research in the first place.

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* TooCleverByHalf: Jason. A brilliant young man with a terrible ego and an abysmal bedside manner who forgets the entire point of his cancer research in the first place.



* TookALevelInKindness: Vivian realises that she shouldn't have been so tough on her students but, apart from being able to offer Susie half of her popsicle, she is too sick to act on her change of heart.

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* TookALevelInKindness: Vivian realises realizes that she shouldn't have been so tough on her students but, apart from being able to offer Susie half of her popsicle, she is too sick to act on her change of heart.



* [[WellDoneSonGuy "Well Done, Student" Teacher]]: Professor Ashcroft.

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* [[WellDoneSonGuy "Well Done, Student" Teacher]]: Professor Ashcroft.Ashford.
19th Sep '14 9:18:14 AM Philosophazer
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Added DiffLines:

* TooCleverByHalf: Jason. A brilliant young man with a terrible ego and an abysmal bedside manner who forgets the entire point of his cancer research in the first place.
19th Sep '14 9:11:44 AM Philosophazer
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* TearJerker: When Professor Ashcroft comes to visit Vivian,[[spoiler: and instead of quoting Donne to her on her deathbed, she reads her a children's bedtime story.]]
19th Sep '14 9:09:05 AM Philosophazer
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* TearJerker: When Professor Ashcroft comes to visit Vivian,[[spoiler: and instead of quoting Donne to her on her deathbed, she reads her a children's bedtime story.]]
* TooDumbToFool: Though probably the least educated character in a movie populated with geniuses, Susie is perhaps the one who understands life, death, and human dignity better than anyone else there (certainly her colleagues). Contrast with Jason's TooCleverByHalf
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