Bad Blood By The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments Essays

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BAD BLOOD tells the horrific real life story of the Tuskegee syphilis experiments. The story does a good job of eliciting feelings of great indignation that was done to the innocent victims. The script explores and poses the moral question about how far the medical community goes for the sake of research. It also examines how callous the medical community can be towards patients, seeing them as a statistic rather than a real human being.

The era, culture, and setting are authentic. The dialect of the time also sounds authentic. The tone is consistently dramatic.

While certainly the story deserves to be told, the script would benefit from more development. The concerns about the current presentation are the structure and the lack of a consistent protagonist to drive the plot.

First, the story presents as an epic tale that spans many years. The concern about this type of structure is that there isn’t a central character that drives the entire plot. In the first act, one questions if Edwards is the protagonist or Rivers. One thinks Edwards might be the central character because he’s initially resistant to the study. However, as the structure progresses, it begins to feel like Rivers’ story. She’s introduced, however, a bit too late on page 11. If she were the true protagonist, she should be introduced sooner.

Yet, as the story progresses, she doesn’t drive the plot, and there are periods of time when it feels like Dr. Davis’ story, especially when he has feelings for…

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