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The novel "Finding Grace", by Alyssa Brugman is the story of a brain damaged woman named Grace

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Expository Oral Anousha and Sabrena are seated on stage as a short clip is played on the projector screen, showing the introduction of a news broadcast. Sabrena: Good afternoon, I am Sabrena Lee. Anousha: And I am Anousha Gilroy. Together: And you are tuned into today's new broadcast. Anousha: Our main stories tonight: 'Finding Grace' and 'Whose Life is it Anyway' are both texts which mobilise the discourse of Disablement, however, they each construct two completely different views. Just how do they do it? We get down and dirty discussing the effects in which the attitudes, values and beliefs inherent and the discourses mobilised in the texts position the readers and viewers to side with a particular opinion over another. Sabrena: In addition, a live debate will be taking place about the controversial issue of euthanasia, or suicide, whichever way you look at it, and who has the right to make the decision concerning whether a person lives or dies. However, firstly, we will cross over to Sam French, who is currently at the National Library of Brisbane. (The tables are moved apart to signify a scene change) Anousha: This is an outrage! I am reporting live from the National Library of Brisbane where a serious felony has been committed. All copies of the novel, 'Finding Grace' have been stolen, (Holds up novel) except for this one. ...read more.


Throughout the play, the law is foregrounded as being excessive and inconsiderate to the feelings and conditions of the victims of disablement. The discourse of law values pro-life and opposes euthanasia. This creates a barrier between Ken and his choice of committing suicide. It is mobilised by the characters of Mr Hill, the judge and Dr Emerson, whose attitude is that there is no personal choice because Ken's life was determined by the judge of a trial proceeding. As Ken claims, "the cruelty doesn't reside in saving someone or allowing them to die. It resides in the fact that the choice is removed from the man concerned." There are two predominant viewpoints which have been represented throughout the play. These consist of Ken Harrison and those in favour of his death and Dr Emerson along with those who oppose his death. Ken Harrison feels that he can choose whether or not he lives or dies. Since Ken is paralysed, he can only use his brain and is therefore so dependent on the help of others and machines, he believes that he is basically dead. Since he values his independence, his attitude is that if he can not be independent, there is no point in living. He also values his dignity and would rather die with his dignity intact. However, opposing this viewpoint is Dr Emerson and those who oppose Ken's death. ...read more.


Will you please make the necessary arrangements? Dr Emerson: No. Mr Hill: May I ask why not? Dr Emerson: Because Mr Harrison is incapable of living outside that hospital and it is my duty as a doctor to preserve life. (Anousha and Sabrena end scene and continue with discussion) Anousha: Most religions do not oppose passive euthanasia because believe that it is not morally wrong to allow people to die when they have no hope of recovering; however, Christianity believes that suicide should never be permitted. Instead, it views suicide as an attempt to use a power that belongs only to God. (OHT of quote is displayed on projector) Sabrena: Active Euthanasia is viewed differently. As expressed in a 1979 official report of the Lutheran church, "It is within God's purview alone to decide on the moment when the individual is to share that life which lies beyond death." Their attitude is that no one other than God may assume this power. Anousha: But wait a minute Sabrena what if the patient concerned was so severely disabled that they were constantly in pain or completely dependant on others or machines for their survival. Sabrena: Hmm Anousha that's a tough situation, I have never thought about it that way before. Well I guess every situation depends on the individual's circumstance. (OHT of contact details is displayed on projector) Anousha: For your opinions on any of today's topics please feel free to contact us on 3822 2869 or email us at news@email.com Sabrena: That's all for today, we hope you've enjoyed our broadcast. ...read more.

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