"Whose life is it anyway?" - Ken Harrison

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In the play “whose life is it anyway?” ken Harrison’s views about what is best for him conflict with what his doctors want for him. By selecting significant exchanges from both acts explain how dr Emerson and dr Scott respond to ken and how the playwright, Brian Clark, puts across the tensions between them to an audience.

The play is set in a ward in a general hospital. Six months ago Ken Harrison was involved in a serious car accident giving him injury’s such as: fractured left and right tibia, a fractured pelvis, four broken ribs, punctured lung, a dislocated fourth vertebrae, and a ruptured spinal cord leaving him permanently paralysed from the neck down. Ken was on his way home from work and drove into the side of an out of control heavy goods vehicle. The audience soon find out what Ken thinks about the future and if he wants to be there to see it then later decides he wants to die. It turns into a conflict between Ken and members of the medical profession. At first the doctors think he should stay alive and later Dr Scott changes her mind.  

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The relationship between ken and doctor Emerson is quite tense at the beginning of the play because ken doesn’t like the way doctor E treats his patients, he also thinks he is bigheaded.

“I suppose he’ll sweep in here like Zeus from Olympus with his attendant nymphs and swains.”

Ken and Dr Scott have a more friendly relationship at this point in the play but when ken attempted to flirt with her she didn’t flirt back. Ken said: “Well, I’ll tell you. That’s because it’s broken, broken in two. But each part carries on bravely yearning for ...

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