SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES, AND ARTS, Vol 11, No 2 (2011)

Encountering Death: Towards a Deeper Understanding of Life in Wit and Time

Pimalaporn Wongchinsri




Abstract


Even though people know everyone has to die one day, it seems nobody realizes that this is a truth of life and they themselves are going to die. This is apparently a universal problem for all people and it causes them to live their lives in forgetfulness until the day they have to encounter death. This article aims to explore how the narrative techniques employed in Margaret Edson’s Wit and Chart Korbjitti’s Time induce each individual reader to contemplate death and meaning of life and stimulate them to question, criticize and evaluate his/her own life.

Key Words: Alienation effect; Brechtian techniques; Chart Korbjitti; Comparative literature; Death; Margaret Edson; Narrative techniques; Time; Wit

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