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Arnold16Essay1 - The Bearing-Upanishad: The Nature of Death...

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The Bearing-Upanishad: The Nature of Death and Suffering as It Pertains to Wit “…and Vivian Bearing arrived at the house of Death…” In the cinematic adaption of Wit , Dr. Vivian Bearing, upon hearing she has aggressive Stage 4 metasisan ovarian cancer chooses to undergo a vicious and masochistic procedure which destroys her body more than the cancer. And for what, so she can prolong death a few horrific months? And yet, as Dr. Bearing finally slips away from her physical body, and from all the chaos below, she finally experiences the serenity of abandoning her physical husk and experiencing the tranquility of the afterlife. Lying in the 21 st century “house of Death”, Dr. Bearing rises to greet me, to question my confusion at having to wait for months before she finally came to me. Does she not see what she has been through? I will ignore her suffering and anguish at her treatment, the loss of her hair, the vomiting, and the inability to eat, or use her elegant words to convey her agony. But even
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2012 for the course UW 1020-31 taught by Professor Pamelapresser during the Fall '11 term at GWU.

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