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Religious Education Coursework Analyse and explain the way in which a religious theme of concern has been dealt with in a film or television drama. Recently, in the hit soap opera EastEnders, the scriptwriters have presented a religious and moral issue. The issue concerns the controversial topic of euthanasia, and involves two main characters. At the outset, one of the characters, Ethel, was suffering from a terminal illness and was in severe pain. Therefore she asked one of her best friends, Dot Cotton, to end her life. At this stage, Dot faced a real dilemma, as she was in fact, a strictly religious Christian, however in the end she disregarded her faith and relieved Ethel of the pain, by providing her with a number of tablets. ...read more.


Dot also had the opportunity to give Ethel painkillers to reduce the hurt, but she didn't have to help Ethel take her own life. The scriptwriters dealt with this issue in a very interesting way, Dot's character is usually depicted as a very religious one, up till the episode, which showed Dot actually assisting her friend to commit euthanasia. After the incident Dot felt extremely un-comfortable with herself, as she personally knew within that what she did was totally inappropriate and immoral, not to mention criminal. Religious viewpoints were not really presented in this situation, however the idea of euthanasia was, but not really in a religious way. Dot had an extremely hard time deciding whether to help Ethel or not. ...read more.


In addition I am a Muslim, follower, of Islam and in my holly book, the Qur'an, it clearly states that no one apart from Allah (God) has the right under any circumstances to take gods gift away. Furthermore, there was one other viewpoint that some people believe. They thought that what Dot did, could be justified, as her friend Ethel made a decision to end her life and asked Dot to help. These people believed that Dot did the most loving thing, and protestant Christians also tend to believe that sometimes if you do the most loving thing is then you are in the right. In conclusion the media have presented this situation in an unbiased and fair way, they showed the trauma Dot went through, in order to help her friend. However, we must consider that Dot sacrificed one of the most important things in her life, her religion, for her best friend Ethel. ...read more.

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