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Does the play use every device to persuade us that Ken is right in 'Whose life is it anyway'.

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After reading the play I thought that Ken made the right decision. Therefore, in my view I think that the play does use every device to persuade us that Ken is right. Below there are some of the devices that persuade us Ken is right: - The first device is the title of the play, 'Whose life is it anyway'. For example when Ken doesn't want the injection, Dr. Emerson does not care that Ken doesn't want it, but does it because he thinks he knows best when it is actually Ken's life. Dr. Emerson does not want Ken to commit suicide and fights to try and keep Ken alive until the very end of the play. So, this means that Dr. Emerson is controlling Ken's life when it is actually Ken's choice. Another Device is Juxtaposition. This is putting two things together so they appear in contrast. For example, on an advert for a slimming meal, to show you what would happen if you started eating it they will split the screen in to two and have a picture of someone fat in the before part and someone thin is in the after screen. ...read more.


* He thinks he is useless- For example, banging his head against the wall would make no difference or the part where he says he was a skateboard. This is trying to show us that Ken knows that even if he stays alive it will make no difference. The main reason the author uses repetition is to get a point into our head, which will make it stick with you. If something keeps happening, you feel more sorry for Ken because it is not just happening once but over and over. A device is showing that Ken has lost the will to live. Ken asks and persuades Mr. Hill to represent him about wanting to be discharged, 'It is quite simple. I can't exist outside the hospital so they got to. This shows that Ken is able to face the truth as he talks to people about being discharged calmly, not shouting and screaming at Dr. Emerson, just calmly asking to be discharged. Ken is in a catch 22 situation. If Ken chooses to live he is sane, if he decides that he wants to die that is proof he is insane. ...read more.


when he's says Ken could be a tennis umpire. This brings light to the fact that if Ken is released, he will die. John is trying to make Ken laugh to see the funny side of things. I think that too many opposition points are omitted. For example, Mrs Boyle, who offers as an entice Ken to live "a comptometer" and who seems squeamish at the prospect of taking her bikini off-'Dr. Emerson tells me you don't want anymore treatment', while she could have more attractive ideas. One other device is the way in which Dr. Barr says he doesn't think that Dr. Barr thinks that Ken has made the wrong decision- Eden: ... 'do you think Mr. Harrison has made the right decision'. ... Dr. Barr: 'No, I thought he made the wrong decision. The reason this is done in the play is that Dr. Barr could have lied to the judge to keep him in the hospital but because he thinks Ken is wrong, it shows that he is more honest. Therefore I believe that Ken was right about being discharged and that the play uses every device to show you Ken is right. By Jack Darlington 04/05/07 Page 1 of 4 ...read more.

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