Comparative Study of Texts - Module a (Hsc) - W; T and John Donne

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Despite the differences in context, a comparative study of the poetry of John Donne and Margaret Edson’s play, ‘W;t’, is essential for a more complete understanding of the values and ideas presented in ‘W;t’. Discuss this with close reference to both texts.

When deconstructing the text ‘W;t’, by Margaret Edson, a comparative study of the poetry of John Donne is necessary for a better conceptual understanding of the values and ideas presented in Edson’s ‘W;t’. Through this comparative study, the audience is able to develop an extended understanding of the ideas surrounding death. This is achieved through the use of the semi-colon in the dramas title, ‘W;t’. Edson also uses juxtapositions and the literary device, wit, to shape and
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Ashford shows Vivian how “Nothing but a breath – a comma – separates life from life everlasting”. This is symbolic of how Vivian misinterprets death, reflected back in the title where there is a semi-colon in place of the letter ‘I’. Later on in the drama, Vivian’s view on life changes through Susie’s kindness. Throughout her whole life, Vivian has been in total control and is now placed in a situation where she has no control. Throughout the whole time Vivian is in hospital, Vivian is learning about herself and accepting the emptiness of human contact within her life, which is highlighted through Vivian's realisation, "now is a time for...kindness." The lack of control is a new experience for Vivian thus making Vivian retreat into simplicity. Through the use of the symbolism of the Popsicle as simplicity and Susie’s kindness paired with the quote, “Now is a time for simplicity. Now is a time for, dare I say it, kindness”; shows the audience how Vivian’s approach to life has changed and how she has started to break down barriers between herself and Susie on a personal level. The quote “Now is not the time for verbal swordplay, for unlikely flights of imagination and wildly shifting perspectives, for metaphysical conceit, for wit” further emphasises how Vivian has deconstructed her life to become simpler. However, when conducting a comparative

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