Brian Clark uses a number of techniques to dramatise the Euthanasia

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Brian Clark uses a number of techniques to dramatise the Euthanasia
Debate in his play, Who's Life is it Anyway

Brian Clark uses a number of techniques to dramatise the Euthanasia
Debate in his play, "Who's Life is it Anyway". Euthanasia is the means
by which a person has the freedom of choice over whether they live or
die. In the play there are two main arguments concerning this issue.
One argument saying that a patient has the right to make this decision
of life and death and on which disagrees and says the patient should
not have this choice.

Two characters in the play represent the two central arguments. First
of all there is Ken, Ken believes that he should have the right to
choose to die, it is his life, he says that
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resides in the fact that the choice is removed from the man concerned.'

After Ken's argument we have a doctor from the old-school of medicine,
who is much more interested in saving people's lives than listening to
how they feel or the rights and choices they should or could have,
they are only interested in black and white medical science, and not
interested in the grey and mentally and emotionally challenging areas.
Dr. Emerson argues that Ken is a human life, and allowing that human
life to die is a waste of a human life: 'Mr Harrison is now physically
stable. There is no reason why he should die.' Dr. Emerson knows that
if Ken is discharged as he would like to be he would definitely die: 'he
couldn’t last a week out of here.' He knows however that Ken has an
argument that could stand up in court and win, would have to admit Ken
under the Mental Health Act if he wants this life to be, as Dr.
Emerson sees it, "saved". 'Can't you see that Mr Harrison is suffering
from depression? He is incapable of making a rational decision about
his life and death.' The two arguments both seem to make sense by
themselves and the debate is about an extremely important subject that
has massive implications, whether someone lives or dies. Inevitably
there will be a conflict of opinions, in this case, Ken vs. the
medical establishment and more specifically Dr. Emerson.

Brian Clark uses the physical space on the stage to dramatise this
debate. Ken…

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