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    Compare how Willy Russell portrays the two mothers in "Blood Brothers". Account for the different reactions the audience will have towards the two women

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    Before Mrs Johnson finishes her sing, the milkman interrupts her demanding his money "...you owe me three pounds, seventeen and fourpence an' either you pay up today, like now, or I'll be forced to cut of your deliveries." Mrs Johnston is not quite sure how to reply and tires to reason with him to pay next week. The audience feel sorry for her because she cannot afford to pay her bills. Will Russell portrays Mrs Johnston as a single parent living in a social housing estate with many children and another on the way.

    • Word count: 874
  2. Explore the ways in which Willy Russell makes use of language differences in act 2 scene 2.

    They then went on to produce the world premieres of many of his plays, most of which transferred successfully to the west end. Throughout this play dramatic irony is used, this is where the audience knows something one or more of the caracters on stage don't know. Willy Russell uses this to emphasize the differences between the classes more. Stage directions are very important for somebody who has not seen the play and is just reading the play, this is because they help you create mental picture of whats going on in the play.

    • Word count: 585

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