Whose Life Is It Anyway

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The playwright 'whose life is it anyway?' written by Brian Clark is based around a sculptor called Ken, who has been paralysed neck down in a car accident and is told that he will never be able to move any part of his body again. Most of the action takes place around Ken's paralyzed body and his bed. The story's centre of attention is Euthanasia (whether Ken should be allowed to take his own life or not), which serves as the main plot of the story; however there are more issues at hand. The theme of the story is more of a dark comedy but there are also more serious themes involved in the subplots, including love, drama and social issues. Throughout the play Ken is battling for his right to die seeing that he is paralyzed and will not be…show more content…
The use of humour and sexual innuendo’s is also notable, this lightens the tone and also helps the audience to build attachment to Ken as he makes them laugh and feel comfortable. Techniques such as characterism and the different use of language like puns, metaphors and black humour give the play a stronger effect. The issues surrounding euthanasia are still sensitive and controversial. The issue is highly opinionated, and the fact that Ken fights for his own right to die questions morals and ethics, both from the audience, and society as a whole. In my opinion, Ken should have had the right to die, and others, of sound mind, should be allowed to do so if it is seen to be
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