This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Role Of Simple Language Wit

1130 words - 5 pages

The issue of life and death is the central theme of Margaret Edson’s play “Wit”; whereas the main character’s (Vivian Bearing) finding of her misconception of witty language’s significance is used by the author for representation of Vivian’s change due to her disease. In particular, Ms. Bearing’s advocacy for the need of wit in language loses its importance under the influence of her experiences in the hospital. Vivian’s concept of witty language undergoes fundamental changes during her hospital stay, which results in her understanding of the role played by simplicity in the expression of real life human experience.
Being a professor of English, Vivian Bearing is passionate about the ...view middle of the document...

Now is a time for, dare I say it, kindness” (Edson 45). Her stay in the hospital as a whole and especially the kind treatment given by Susie Monahan, a nurse at the Medical Centre, helped her to understand that language is a means of human life’s expression, which must be simple. Being aware of her complicated state (the start of the cancer in new places) and being required to choose whether she wants to be kept alive with the help of machines (a Code Blue) or to die without life-sustaining treatment (Do Not Resuscitate), Vivian realizes that there is no more time for erudition, interpretation or complication. It is just a choice between her life and her death, whereas language (and wit of John Donne’s sonnet “Death Be Not Proud”) so adored by her does not have the power to express the whole delicacy of the situation in which she appeared. As a result, her accustomed belief changed under the action of her doubts in witty language’s ability to be applied to her own situation: “I’m in a … quandary, having these doubts” (Edson 42).
Ms. Bearing arrives at the conclusion that her previous idea of language has nothing to do with real life and real feelings of people. For her, witty language was a sign of her ingenuity seen by her to be capable of resolving any issues. As it becomes clear, Vivian’s disease showed her that her wit cannot save her life, it even cannot be applied for her understanding of the situation. She says, “I thought being extremely smart would take care of it. But I see that I have found out. Ooohhh” (Edson 45). It is obvious that Vivian’s finding hurts her own feelings; this ‘ooohhh’ is a dramatic confirmation of this aspect. In fact, the professor of English discovers that she cannot express her thoughts with the help of words. She always taught her students that language is a great means to communicate ideas while wit is a helpful device. At the same time, when she faces the need to make her own ideas clear, she manages to say only “It’s as if … I can’t … There aren’t …” (Edson 46) She experiences a most definite problem with phrasing, for she is ambivalent about her previous love of witty language and its present...

Other Essays Like The Role of Simple Language Wit

The Politics Of Language Essay

1331 words - 6 pages A single language can be bring about unity and message can be get through to the intended target without much hassle, thus bilingualism and multilingualism should be discouraged.Spoken language is a major factor in personal identity. Just as people identify with their own cultures and customs, they identify with their native language dialect. Language is defined by the Collins 'Compact English Dictionary" as a system of spoken sounds or

The Power of Language Essay

1983 words - 8 pages Language is the method in which all human beings communicate. It is what separates human beings from the rest of the animal kingdom. However, while the languages of the world share similarities, the differences cause problems in understanding. These problems stem from the differences in culture, language, and how people in those cultures thing. Cross-cultural interpretation causes cognate and emotive meaning to be lost due to cultural

"The Power Of Language"

639 words - 3 pages Language is one of the most important things in our world. It is used in many different ways, whether it be good or bad. Language is extremely powerful. It is, after all, how we communicate for the most part.Language can be either empowering or disempowering depending on how it's looked at. A perfect example would be for new students. I have had a handful of new students in my classes from a foreign country. So far, all of them have not been

The Language of Hawaii

562 words - 3 pages . The two cultures that I consider myself, Scottish andHawaiian, are both proud, interesting, and contain their own prescriptions towardbehavior. The pidgin dialect is a major part of life in the lower class Hawaiianneighborhoods. For most children in these neighborhoods it is the language spoken athome. The other people of the islands look at this dialect as a sign of a poor educationand up-bringing. My mother did not want her son associated with

Dialects Of The Arab Language

2818 words - 12 pages The Arab culture has many different local dialects, where each state has its own individual understood dialect divergent to its neighbouring Arabic speaking countries. Despite this, all Arabs from each dialect have one mutual aspect, they all understand the same Arabic language and it is because of this dynamic that all Arabs are united. The Arab nation states all share a parallel culture, thus when considering Arab hospitality we can say that

Role of the Accountant

1316 words - 6 pages  The accountant of the company or the organization has got many functions in regards to many or other aspects of the organization. They play a large role especially in determining the success of the company. The advisory role that they play gives them a higher ground in ensuring that the company becomes successful or that it fails. Role of the Accountant Name Institution affiliation Date Year Part 2 Roles of the

The Role of Women

1267 words - 6 pages The role of women in Canadian society has changed dramatically over the past two centuries. These roles, which had been defined in various cultures for centuries, were based both on natural instinct and on necessity. When Canada was first settled, it was natural for immigrants to maintain traditional roles for men and women. By the eighteenth century, these distinct roles were strongly established in Canadian society. During the nineteenth

The Slaughter Of The English Language

1158 words - 5 pages , although the abuse aspect still exists. People send out emails, texts, instant message without even recognizing simple errors in their messages along with using improper punctuation and misspelling. This is now acceptable in society seeing that the Oxford dictionary contains text speak phrases. Either way, text speak and slang is are not not proper English. The English language is in decline because of technological advances. As Orwell states in his

The Popularity of the Japanese Language

933 words - 4 pages manga. First, people’s interest in Japan, which was caused by closer relationships among countries, has played an important role in the popularity of the language. As society has been globalized, more Japanese goods are exported to other countries, including electronics, music, foods, clothing and anime. Some words have become widely known overseas, along with these various Japanese products that people have regularly have access to these

The Role Of The Inspector

1940 words - 8 pages Discuss the role of the Inspector in J.B. Priestley’s play ‘An Inspector Calls.’ What is this characters main function and how effective is he? ‘An Inspector Calls’ was written by J.B. Priestley in 1945, but is set specifically in 1912. The Birlings, an upper-middle class family, are celebrating their daughter’s engagement to a business-rival’s son. Into this scene of celebration comes the Inspector, who is there to investigate the suicide of

Communicate in the Language of the People

912 words - 4 pages Communication By:   William Butler Yeats once said “Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.” Communication can be defined as “the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs.” (Schwartz, Simon, Carmona 2008). Even though there is something called one-way communication, communication is better perceived as a two-way process in which there is an exchange

Related Papers

The Role Of English Language Essay

1346 words - 6 pages terror into the people. Now, if we are doing anything for the people at all, we are paying only a portion of the debt due to them. It is not a painful thing that, if I want to go to a court of justice, I must employ the English language as a medium ; that, when I become a Barrister, I may not speak my mother tongue, and that someone else should have to translate to me from my own language ? Is not this absolutely absurd ? Is it not a sign of

The Role Of Language On Theory Of Mind

2975 words - 12 pages of mind is generally hypothesized to be universal (Callaghan et al., 2005). There is evidence for biological precursors to theory of mind development but they may be differential based on language (Lee, Olson, & Torrance, 1999; Wellman, Fang, Liu, Zhu, & Liu, 2006; Kobayashi, Glover, & Temple, 2007) The role of language may frame false belief questions and effect scores on those tasks (Cheung et al., 2004). Research Summary Callaghan et al

Pun With Language: The Role Of The Pun Throughout The History Of The World

1279 words - 6 pages speaking audience, this would not seem out of the ordinary at all, just another passage from the Bible without a pun in sight. But when one considers the language of one of the original translations of the Bible, Greek, the circumstances become much clearer. In Greek, the name Peter translates as ‘Petros,’ while the term rock translates as ‘petra.’ So, when those words are translated into Greek within the full context of the sentence, the sentence

A Simple Analysis Of The Paragraph Below

1996 words - 8 pages be held in its mouth three times in a twinkling. (19)This is our cat. (20)I like it very much in spite of its gluttony. 1.1 Grammatical Cohesion 1.1.1 Reference As one kind of grammatical links, reference plays quite an important role for the text to be cohesive. Reference items in English include pronouns, demonstratives, the article and other items. In this paragraph, many references are used. “Its” in “Most of its slim body, except