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How does Brian Clark interest and entertain his Audience in the play 'Whose Life is it Anyway?'

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How does Brian Clark interest and entertain his Audience in the play 'Whose Life is it Anyway?' Throughout the play, 'Whose life is it anyway?' it is made obvious that it is based on the late 20th century as it contains many references towards modern drugs, medical technology and jargon. It is a strong emotional play focusing on one man as he fights a desperate struggle to regain control of his life and the right to die. Ken Harrison, who is the main character, feels his life has already ended when he is involved in a serious car accident and faces substantial injuries as Dr Emerson emphasises from his notes. "Mr Harrison was admitted here on the afternoon of October 9th as an emergency case following a road accident. He was suffering from a fractured left tibia and right tibia and fibia, a fractured pelvis, four fractured ribs. One of which had punctured the lung and dislocated the fourth vertebra, which had ruptured the spinal cord. He was extensively bruised and had minor lacerations. He was deeply unconscious and remained so for thirty hours. As a result of treatment all the broken bones and ruptured tissue have healed with the exception of the severed spinal cord and this together, with the mental trauma is all that remains of the initial injury." This statement clearly proves that Ken will face a life without any movement in his body below his neck, this therefore leads to Kens very profound wish to die with dignity, which is commonly known as euthanasia. ...read more.


If Ken is able to put up a suitable case it is thought that someone with such obvious intelligence shouldn't be wasted. On the other hand if he fails to put up a satisfactory case it could be suggested that he is clinically depressed in which he is subdued to any actions the doctors see fit. Dr Emerson takes charge of this before hand and injects Ken with a shot of Valium against his wishes gaining a strongly worded plea from Ken, "don't stick that fucking thing in me!" At this point Ken will have been very frustrated as he was vulnerable and helpless and could do nothing to prevent receiving 'treatment' following in Ken pursuing a lawyer who sees that Ken doesn't receive anymore unnecessary treatment and attempts to represent Ken in a battle for death, this would be a very unusual request for someone who usually helps people to live. At this point Ken is forced to prove his sanity and that his depression is the expected reactive depression. But the real question is 'what is normal? Can anyone prove they are normal?' What ones persons normal is, could be another persons abnormal. Normal, cannot be referred to as a single feature, so why should a complete stranger, just by speaking with someone, be allowed to decide his or her fate and especially over such a serious matter. In this situation Kens considers losing the battle to be literally a life sentence, in which he is condemned to, the hospital forever. ...read more.


Which instantly grasps the audience and their attention, as it is such an important matter and highly debated situation. To me and probably most audience members this is a very powerful, emotional and heart gripping play capturing real life scenarios and putting them into perspective, allowing the audience to imagine the characters in life which is difficult to achieve. Brian Clark has interpreted Ken, as a calm person, whom I think, is quite unlikely to be, as if I were in that position I would be going insane, as I would feel trapped. This is what I imagine Ken to feel but he try's to conceal it. So it is my decision and opinion that Ken made the correct decision to die and did the only possible option to him. I really enjoyed reading this play, as it was very interesting and constantly portrayed humour and allowed you to think. This to me is a very important feature of a play. The main theme of euthanasia maintains a constant level of interest rising arguments amongst the audience on the question, 'should euthanasia be made legal?' I would personally suggest that in most people's views it should, as the more caring and sensitive people would care more about the person concerned. The video we watched I thought showed quite well how I expected the characters to be and the expressions that they showed. I found the play better though as it allowed to some extent, your imagination to be used. Where as the video prevented this, as the characters were in front of you. Kerry Bell ...read more.

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