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How does Brian Clark in whose life is it anyway engage the interest of the audience in the play, despite of being set around a hospital bed with a protagonist who is unable to move?

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How does Brian Clark in whose life is it anyway engage the interest of the audience in the play, despite of being set around a hospital bed with a protagonist who is unable to move? In this essay I am going to write about Brian Clark's imaginary character Ken Harrison in the play whose life is it anyway and how he keeps us interested in it. Ken Harrison is a patient that arrived 6 months ago to the City hospital with low chance of surviving but as time passed Ken Harrison's condition became stable but not yet perfect. I am also going to look at the issue of free will with Ken Harrison side thinking its a human right to chose whether something is right or wrong and the medical staff lead by senior Dr Emerson who thinks its a doctors job to save his patients live and not just let him die. Ken Harrison is a believable character because although he is paralyzed he has a good sense of humour and he is confident in communicating with others. At the beginning of the play we come to know Ken Harrison as a lively and funny character who makes jokes of his long term paralysis, e.g. ...read more.


It is also emotional because Ken Harrison tries to cover his pain in humour which is funny to us at first ,but when you think about it you realise that is in pain and nothing is helping him at that moment. As written in the play Ken Harrison uses humour to hide his pain is shown where Ken says: 'isn't it about time u got some fertilisers to sprinkle on me and get some movement going in this pant'. This shows that Ken is referring himself to a plant that needs cutting by a Gardner and can't do this himself. Ken Harrison also calls himself rubbish and thinks he is worthless, this shown in the play as Ken Harrison says: 'You must be in charge of the compost heap, that's where I should be'. This also leads Ken Harrison into conflicts with Dr Emerson and others. Brian Clark creates conflict in the play as a way of engaging the interest of audience. The main conflict which Brian Clark creates is about whether Ken Harrison should have the free will to decide to make his own decisions. This conflict is between the character Ken Harrison and Dr Emerson. This conflict is first shown in the episode of valium, where Dr Emerson sticks a needle into Ken Harrison although can didn't want that but Dr Emerson thought he knows the best for Ken Harrison and wants to go ahead with it. ...read more.


At the end when the case is over and when Ken Harrison is finally allowed to die Dr Emerson ,who was playing a part like a villain in the story who is against the hero (Ken Harrison) ,offers Ken Harrison to stay at the hospital and die here patiently rather then on his own struggling on his own. Brian Clark creates suspense till the end of the play where he creates such scene where the audience that want a happy ending believe that Ken Harrison might as well just survive some how at the end. I personally think Brian Clark has engaged interest to this play by making us wanting to know what was going to happen to Ken Harrison. He also showed can as a humorous character who gave the audience something to laugh although it made me feel a bit pity for Ken Harrison. I think the hospital would have been able to survive can if they could keep him in for longer because at the end of the play where Dr Scott comes forwards to kiss Ken Harrison h backs off because he thinks that this could make him want to live longer and change his decision. I think this shows that can wasn't sure himself what to do and still had the frae of changing his mind. Written by Maher Ahmed ...read more.

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