Perspective on the Movie Wit

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Perspective on the movie Wit

When I watched the film “Wit” at first, I became curious to the reason why it was entitled “Wit”. The overall plot of the story seems so simple but there are a lot of twists which become clear as the story unfolds. In the latter part of the film, I realized that it has been given the title wit because in the end, Vivian recognized that what is more important than intellectual learning is the human compassion that she gets just when she needs it the most. Vivian Bearing is diagnosed with stage-four ovarian cancer. Dr. Kelekian wants her to take eight high-dose experimental chemotherapy treatments for eight months. He warns her that she will need to be "tough" to rely upon her inner courage. Vivian tries to remain tolerant as she suffers through questions and tests from technicians; "grand rounds," where she is examined by medical students and treated like a specimen rather than a human being. Through her whole ordeal she has to face the loneliness of the hospital not to mention of grueling time spent in an isolation ward. And through all of this she is also dealing with the side effects of the chemotherapy treatments.

In this film, Ms. Bearing parallels her situation to that of the poem by John Donne “Death Be not Proud.” While going through the chemotherapy treatments she has a lot of time to reflect on her life and how just putting “a comma in the wrong place can change the meaning of everything.” Ms. Bearing flashbacks to time spent while studying with Dr. Ashford and times with her father and how at the time she didn’t think that it was very important but now it makes sense to her why things happen and how fragile life is. To me I feel like she is taking this situation as a learning experience because of a statement she makes about her diagnosis ~ “Once I did the teaching, now I am being taught.”

This film taught me a lot about the type of nurse I want to be and just how important it is to be an advocate for...
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