Compare the dramatic representation of Vivian's character …
Compare the dramatic representation of Vivian's character
Representation of Vivian's character
Little dialogue. Vivian doesn't want to listen to Donne. All she wants now is emotion and love so EM readers her a children's story.
There is no more Donne, she is vulnerable and so she is scared of all the emotion.
When she is dying, she is portrayed as peaceful, beautiful and happy. This is the most emotional we've seen her
Treated like a simple child when she is with her professor. She is weak and childish
She speaks less. Literature was her shield and now she doesn't have that.
She allows Susie and EM to touch and hug her.
She cires, showing her emotion
Vivian finds comfort in the children's story
Vivian is not religious. She doesn't know that God will find her soul and restore it. She needs EM's story to tell her that. :
There are two Vivians. One 'narrator' Vivian, and the 'character' Vivian. [Meta-theatrical]
Use of humour and sarcasm to hide her fears.
No emotional intellect.
Formal, intellectual and structured dialogue
By asserting her professor-status, she is defying cancer. She is not letting it get the better of her.
Connections to Donne
Death be not proud
Be tough in the face of death
Hyme to God
Being viewed as a specimen
This is my plays last scene
Vivian knows that she is going to die
Elitism within careers (medical and literature)
VIvian is at the top of her career but she is being controlled by male doctors
She is suffering from a predominantly female disease