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Whose Life is it Anyway?

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'Whose Life Is It Anyway?' How does the staging of the court scene in Act 2 create dramatic tension and show shifts in power between the characters in the play? In the play 'Whose life is it anyway?', Ken Harrison has made the decision to die, due to a recent accident that left him a quadriplegic. However during the play many people have confronted Ken's decision due to their medical profession, and their profound abilities to be able to save/preserve life. The play was first published in 1978 when the issue of power, and who it belonged to, was in constant debate. However the arguments that occurred back in 1978, are still in the hearts of many arguments that occur in the world today. Many of these arguments are presented to the political party that is in power at the current time. However, nearly all the time when these cases are presented, there is opposition from another party that has very different views. Because of this, for this argument, their will always be two sides. A current example of someone fighting for the right to die is Debbie Purdy, aged 45. ...read more.


However because of this, he slightly misuses his power, and sometimes inserts drugs into Ken against his will. On the other hand there are some medical professionals that also think Ken should be able to die. An example of this is Dr. Scott, who in her medical profession is doing everything possible to keep Ken alive and happy. However in her personal opinion she feels that Ken should be aloud to be discharged form the hospital, as he can longer do what he wants, and has nobody left for him out side of the hospital. Eve though Dr. Scott is strongly influenced by Dr. Emerson's views, by the time we reach the court hearing, her sympathy has got the better of her and she has decided to side with Ken. In the court hearing there are many things that influence the judge, and many things that help the audience predict what the outcome will be. The fact that the court hearing is being presented in Mr. Harrison's room, makes the judge able to see what Ken has to put up with everyday of his life, since 4 months ago. ...read more.


Harrison's case that has finalised the judge's decision. Also when he says that "...an order for him to be set free", he doesn't mention in any way that him being set free will lead to his death, but he only gives the impression that this is a completely ordinary case with no significant difference to any other. Finally, when the judge says "looks like you got your hanging judge", to Ken, he is referring himself to a judge in the Victorian era, which has the authority to be able to send someone to death, and most of the time this is what happens. Overall I think that the final part of the play creates a final piece of dramatic amount of tension, which has been suspended throughout the play, and I have also summarised that the people who have the power through the majority part of the play, tend to misuse it for their own purposes, and do not tend to think about the people it is affecting. Finally I think that the points and views put across during the play have a significant importance today, as the case of euthanasia is always around, and will always be in the heart of many discussions. ?? ?? ?? ?? Whose Life Is It Anyway - Coursework By Ryan Bridge - 10s ...read more.

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