Essay about How does Brian Clark make his play Whose life is it anyway?

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How does Brian Clark make his play Whose life is it anyway?
Interesting, Memorable and Dramatic for a modern audience.

Brian Clark makes “whose life is it anyway?” an interesting memorable play for a modern audience by using a wide variety of techniques that are available when writing plays. The play addresses a range of modern day issues. Recently Charlotte Wyatt’s case and Christopher
Reeves’ death have broadened the awareness of the issue of euthanasia and the right to die or be resuscitated. In some of these cases the
Hippocratic Oath has complicated things. This happens in Ken’s situation in the play. He wants to stop treatment but the professionalism of the doctor’s are stopping him. Even though some of them would let
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Ken’s use of black humour masks his true feelings. However bad his predicament gets he still manages to cover up his real feelings except when talking to John. In act one for example he confides in John.

“You must be in charge of the compost heap. That’s where I should be.” This shows he feels at ease with John and can reveal what he really feels to the friendly ward orderly. Ken’s character in the play is an interesting one. Before his accident he was a very talented sculptor. He is intelligent and has a broad knowledge. He has obviously thought his decision through clearly. In act two we find out he has distanced himself from his fiancée and his parents so he doesn’t hurt them. This knowledge helps the play be more interesting and gives us a bit of inside knowledge. Ken obviously feels isolated and on his own in his room and inside himself. We find more about this when he speaks to Mrs Boyle.

Act One Page 26:

Mrs Boyle: “My goodness they have improved this room it used to be really dismal. All dark green and cream. It’s surprising what a few pastel colours can do isn’t it? Really Cheerful.”

After this Ken replies.

“Yes; perhaps they should try painting me I’d hate to be the one that ruins the décor.”

This tells us that he almost feels a waste of space. He obviously feels useless and worthless. I think Ken also feels dismal and depressed. In act one we get an introduction of the characters and
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