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Brian Clark the playwrite manipulates the audience to agree with the character Kens point of view. Discuss:

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Introduction

Brian Clark manipulates the audience by using language to persuade the audience to agree with Ken's point of view about euthanasia. We are introduced to Ken and the other characters that are on Ken's side, before we meet opposing characters so then Clark knows that the audience are persuaded to like Ken and are going to follow his views later in the play. Clark uses a variety of characters both male and female and at different stages of their professions to touch different members in the audience; the language used by the characters also influences the audience to agree with Ken. In the first scene of the play we are manipulated to like Ken because of his funny and sarcastic mannerisms and remarks, "Have me on the floor Sister please, have me on the floor." Ken is using sexual connotations as a way out of his embarrassment with the young nurse. When the Sister says, "If you go on like this Mr Harrison I shan't be able to send my young nurses in here." Ken replies, "They're perfectly safe with me Sister." Ken has an underlying frustration because he knows he can't do anything with the nurses other than flirt or joke around. ...read more.

Middle

"My conscious mind is the only thing I have." "When you tell Dr. Emerson, impress on him I don't need it." Ken knows he can trust Dr. Scott to try and help him. The audience realise that it is Dr. Emerson's unreasonable behaviour that is making Ken want to end his life. Dr. Emerson goes ahead and administers the tranquiliser without permission. Ken is totally powerless; Dr. Emerson takes advantage of this to get what he wants. Dr. Emerson shows his authority when talking to Dr. Scott by using subject specific lexis. "When he came in shocked to hell, did he protest about dextrose - saline? Or when he was gasping for breath he didn't use some of it to protest it to protest about aminophylline or the stat dose of cortisone." Dr Emerson has no right to say, "He can't know enough to challenge our clinical decisions" because he doesn't know how much Ken knows. All he cares about is his medical status and keeping the patient alive for his records. Dr. Emerson is detached from his patients. The vallium would make Ken sleep; Dr. ...read more.

Conclusion

It scared me because at the end of the play I realised that I had been manipulated to believe Ken should die, even though I really liked him as a character. Throughout the play you learn more and more about what happened before Ken had the accident and this shows you about how happy he was and it makes you believe there is no way he could get back to his normal life, now he is paralysed. 'Whose Life is it Anyway?' is a powerful play and it provides a good argument for euthanasia. The play makes you consider a situation you would not usually think about. Brian Clark shows the audience a different point of view of a situation that most people would be against in the first place but then change their mind completely. The play was written and first performed in the 1970s where it was becoming a more topical subject with the increasing freedom of speech. The play is clever as even now it is relevant as often we read of people going abroad to countries where it is legal to have an assisted death. Until euthanasia becomes legal this play will always be effective. ?? ?? ?? ?? - 1 - Beatrice Meecham 10KH ...read more.

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