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Dr. Vivian Bearing in "Wit"

By February 27, 2010

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I've had my share of English teachers. Some were easy-going, creative and engaging. And some were those "tough-love" teachers who are as disciplined as a drill sergeant. But I've never had a teacher like Dr. Vivian Bearing, the main character from Margaret Edson's 1999 Pulitizer Prize winning play, Wit.

Professor Bearing's only passion (at least at the beginning of the play) is for 17th Century poetry, particularly the complex sonnets of John Donne. By the play's conclusion, however, she learns the limitations of intellectualism and embraces tenderness and human contact.

Writing an essay on Wit? Impress your English teacher and explore the character of Vivian Bearing in greater detail.


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