Ken Harrison changes throughout the play as he fights for the right to decide his own fate. What you must keep in-mind as you perform is that Ken used to be a creative, useful person leading a normal life yet now he is frustrated by the injuries he has suffered and their effects on him as a man. This questioning of the medical authorities is a very modern and current idea. The issues that come out of this play are should patients be aloud to decide their own fate? And do the medical profession have the right to operate without the patients permission when he or she is contuse or the families permission if their not contuse.

The play begins, immediately Ken is aggressive towards the medical proffeciaon (nurses and doctors). This seems to be because angry and bitter about the parralysis he has suffered as a result of his car accident. When he first meets Nurse Sadler, he sarcastically says:

"Hello, I am afraid I can' offer you my hand. You'll just have to do with my backside like all the other nurses"


One can see his anger in the usage of the mild taboo word 'backside.' Later, he compares Dr Emerson to doctor Frankenstein and himself to the monster who should now be released. This image of him shows he is angry about not being able to function like a normal human being. Ken Harrison is angry because his verility is in question.

Ken lets everyone involved with him know how he is feeling through his sexual jokes aimed at the nurses. He seems to do this because this is the one part of him the medical profession cant repair. Ken twists the sister's words when she renters the room: -

Sister:        "Have you finished nurse?"

Ken:         "What do you mean have I finished nurse I haven't even started her yet."

Ken is making jokes by twisting other peoples words this shows that he is quick whited, but also shows that he is trying to hide is sadness of his disability. When situations like this crop up in the script I want you respond very quickly before nurse saddler for instance would have time to respond to the sisters question. Ken's sexual frustration can cause him to snap very easily, at times he can make jokes over the situation but at others he takes his anger out not through humour but though aggression towards the medical profession.

Ken tends to suffer from frequent mood swings these become noticeable at the very start of the play. Ken's reason for this is that at certain times he can push his condition and pain to the back of his mind, but having able bodied people working around him upsets him this is because he isn't ever going to be able to operate his limbs ever again. In one such situation the sister comes to visit Ken, this is the morning after Dr Emerson has injected Ken against his will.

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Ken:                 "I've been thinking?"

Nurse:         "You do to much of that."

Ken:         "What other activity do you suggest? …. Football? I tell you sister, just leave me alone with Nurse Sadler here. Lets see what the old Adam can do for me."

In this part of the play we see evidence of Ken's mood swings by how quickly he snaps and then returns to normal. When nurse saddler says "you do to much of that" I want you to sound outraged, my reason for this is there isn't any other possible activity you can do. Later in the play Ken meets ...

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