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Whose life is it anyway

Euthanasia has been a very touching subject for years now, even if we as humans understand that suffering from illnesses or other complications is not gruelling. But people often have a tendency to sometimes be the ones who want to know best or compare yourself to others and think “if I don’t want to die, then he does not either, somewhere inside”. That is where this title “Whose life is it anyway” comes in and asks a good question, because whose life is it anyway? Why does someone else but your self think they know what you want and fell? The play “Whose life is it anyway” is about Ken Harrison who has been paralyzed from the neck and down. He used to be a sculptor and now he can’t do anything else than think and talk. He is going to be hospitalized for the rest of his life and won’t gain any power of his arms or legs. Therefore he wishes to die. He gets a lawyer and sues the hospital so he can be released from the hospital and die. At the end of the story a judge demands him released. Whose life is it anyway is written in the month around April in a hospital. The play is about Ken Harrison. Ken has been in a car accident six months ago and is in a hospital, because of his injuries being paralysed from neck and down so he needs twenty-four-hour care. He wants to be discharged from the hospital. Ken wants to die instead of suffering physically and psychologically for the rest of his life, so Ken fights for his right to die. A consultant physician Dr Michael Emerson knows that Ken has no chance of surviving without the hospital’s help, so he does not want to discharge Ken and says “He’s naturally very depressed and wants to discharge himself.” So they take a judge in at the end to decide if Ken is allowed to die. Eventually, the Judge hears that Ken is fully capable of deciding if he should end his life or not. Dr Emerson and Mr Harrison eventually find a solution. Ken Harrison can stay at the hospital and the staff will stop feeding him so Ken will be unconscious in three days and dead in six. Ken Harrison has been a sculptor for a while before his car accident. Harrison was left paralysed from his neck and down, and is now highly depending on others to survive. Ken says “I’m afraid I can’t offer you my hand” which shows that he has humour and irony. He also say sentences like “Have me on the floor sister, have me on the floor” were we can read that he is a bit depressed about the situation but covers it with humour” and he thinks about sex a lot that makes readers feel like he is humanized again after reading about his accident and sufferings. Harrison is also a very intelligent man and strong-minded, he questions the staff about everything. He feels a bit alone and therefore asks about the staffs private lives. Ken also is sometimes scared of being misunderstood when he talks to the Consultant Psychiatrist, which gives the readers a sense of that he has trust issues. Dr Michael Emerson has been a Consultant Physician for thirty years. Emerson is a stubborn character and dominant. He loves to get patients to good health again and think that he knows best, therefore he does not want to hear Ken’s opinions. Emerson kinda acts like he is purely professionally through the play and does not change. He acts as the obstacle in the play and is the opposite to Dr Scott Dr Clare Scott is a Junior Registrar. She seems young, quiet and a bit naive. Scott becomes more understanding through the play like she has been following Emerson for so long but Ken has such a good argument, that she changes her opinion. One of the themes in the play is of course euthanasia, death and the characters also talk about what is ethical. Ken is mentally stable considering what he has been through but he does not want to live anymore. He does not have any contact with his family and he is not with his girlfriend anymore. Still, Emerson does not want to have him die when he is in such good conditions, because he lives so much up to the doctor ethics. So why not let Ken chose his own lives future? It would free Ken from misery. “We will all eventually die”, is a much-used sentence. So why not let people who are sick and in pain die? One of the hardest decisions you ever will make in your lifetime is to choose to be dead rather than alive. Sometimes you just must realize that the disease has won and therefore choose the decision of a peaceful death instead of dying slowly in pain. If you have nothing to wake up to, what is then the point in living? Nothing.

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