• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"Whose life is it anyway?" - Ken Harrison

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

In the play "whose life is it anyway?" ken Harrison's views about what is best for him conflict with what his doctors want for him. By selecting significant exchanges from both acts explain how dr Emerson and dr Scott respond to ken and how the playwright, Brian Clark, puts across the tensions between them to an audience. The play is set in a ward in a general hospital. Six months ago Ken Harrison was involved in a serious car accident giving him injury's such as: fractured left and right tibia, a fractured pelvis, four broken ribs, punctured lung, a dislocated fourth vertebrae, and a ruptured spinal cord leaving him permanently paralysed from the neck down. Ken was on his way home from work and drove into the side of an out of control heavy goods vehicle. The audience soon find out what Ken thinks about the future and if he wants to be there to see it then later decides he wants to die. ...read more.

Middle

Later Ken and Dr Scott talk about why Ken should or shouldn't take the prescribed vallium. One minute they're serious and Ken explains his point of view clearly. But after that Ken is back to using his sense of humour and in the film he says to Dr Scott "that's what I always say if ever in doubt whether or not to take a tranquillizer, sleep on it." This shows that they are starting to communicate well with one another. Dr Scott responds well to this humour she shows this by laughing with him, she seems comfortable around him. At the point in the play when Doctor Emerson gives ken an injection of Valium, the audience can tell that the relationship between them has completely broken down. After doctor Scott's visit to ken, doctor Emerson saw ken later in his room doctor Emerson gave ken the vallium when he was at his most vulnerable and without his consent. ...read more.

Conclusion

At this point in the play Ken uses humour and intelligence to win the fight for his right to die. Brian Clark makes the characters seem very realistic. The use of lighting at the end of the film might suggest the end of Ken's life. I don't think an audience would expect Ken to change his mind at the last minute because he has carried his argument through against his doctors. An audience might not like Dr Emerson although they respect his professionalism they would prefer Dr Scott because she is kind hearted but she also let her personal feelings get in the way of doing her job at more than one point in the play. The play seems very realistic and if it were to happen in reality then Euthanasia would become legal in this country. I think Euthanasia should become legal in this country in some cases such as elderly people that can't take the pressure of surgery or people in ken's position that want to die. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1. The Trust Ward D57.

    This helps create the effect of showing the audience how busy they always are. Most of what we see is very rushed. We always see cramped places full of people. In contrast to this frantic and hurried atmosphere the camera then cuts away from the main hospital and the next

  2. How does Brian Clark make use of dramatic techniques to make the audience sympathise ...

    he says, "I specifically refused permission to stick that needle in me and you didn't listen. You took no notice." They also feel sympathy for him because Dr Emerson completely ignored his request. The audience also feels empathy for Ken when Dr.

  1. Evaluate Brian Clark's play "Whose Life Is It Anyway?"

    pro-death movement, and its meaning has changed from "quality of life" to "quality of living" to the "quality of a life" to the "value of a life." These changes in meaning have promoted the belief that a life with low quality is not worth living.

  2. Discuss How You Would Direct Two Key Scenes in Whose Life Is It Anyway?

    He illustrates his vibrant frustration and narrows down his criticisms about the attitude of the medical profession as well as lashing out on the situation that has besieged him. This section, is therefore, very unique, in that sense, because it goes a long way to portray these feelings in a clear, explicit sense (where Ken directly confronts Mrs.

  1. Does Clark present arguments for and against 'assisted suicide' without prejudicing the audience in ...

    This would not be so in the 1970s as people were a lot less informed of their rights thirty years ago. There are many changing relationships in the play, e.g. Dr Scott, who, when the play begins, is very professional towards Ken and tries not to got too involved with him or develop any emotional attachment to him.

  2. How does Brian Clark use theatre to dramatise the euthanasia debate?

    This is a very effective way of setting out the stage because he clearly differentiates Ken's area of the stage and the other outside settings, portraying to the audience that Ken is much more of a priority. Throughout the play, there are such stage directions as "Cross fade on EMERSON'S room".

  1. Analysing 'Whose Life Anyway?'

    The audience may also experience feelings of anger and frustration due to ken's mistreatment in hospital, such as the administration of sedatives without his permission: "Dr Emerson, I am afraid I must insist that you do not stick that needle in me".

  2. 'How does Ridley Scott convince you that the Romans are not invaders and Maximus ...

    The audience catch a glimpse of armour as Maximus delicately pets the grass as if it were his cherished pet. The audience realise it is a flashback because in the short moment of happiness and serenity the armour is out of place as it is belongs to a place of warfare and no sympathy for human-life.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work