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At the start of the play, the narrator asks the audience to Judge Mrs Johnston's crime for themselves. By the end of the play, does the audience believe that Mrs Johnston has a stone in place of a heart or has Willy Russell persuaded us otherwise?

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Introduction

At the start of the play, the narrator asks the audience to Judge Mrs Johnston's crime for themselves. By the end of the play, does the audience believe that Mrs Johnston has a stone in place of a heart or has Willy Russell persuaded us otherwise? The play 'Blood Brothers' is set in Liverpool during the 1960's, 70's and 80's period. Willy Russell, the author, was born on the outskirts of Liverpool in 1947. At the age of five, he moved o a place called Knowsley. His father owned a chip shop and his mother worked in a warehouse. Russell was a failure at school but it was during English silent reading lessons he realised that he wanted to be a writer. He left school with an English language O level as his only qualification to work as a hairdresser for six years. Russell then took English evening classes and when he passed that decided to go to college for a year. Among his other plays Russell has wrote 'John Paul, George and Bert, Our Day Out' and 'Educating Rita'. Russell tends to write plays based on real life situations around the Liverpool area. The plays often deal with the issues of choice and escape, for example in 'Blood Brothers' it's mainly based on the choice issue where Mrs Johnston is stopped from having her choice of keeping the baby or getting ride of it, Mrs Lyons makes the decisions for her in a very forceful manor. ...read more.

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The audience's attitude towards Mrs Lyons has now changed because they think she is manipulative and forceful to weaken Mrs J until she gives up one of her babies. In act 1, scene 8 Mrs L turns up to see Mrs J, she finds out that the twins have been born and suddenly turns nasty. "There born? You notify me!" she says this in an aggressive manor. This makes the audience feel even more sympathetic towards Mrs Johnston because all she wants is a little time with both of the babies but Mrs Lyons is just trying to snatch one from her to make sure she has her own way. In act 2, scene 11 and act 3, scene 2 Mrs Lyons shifts once more from being nasty to more of a mad old women. She is terrified that her adopted son will find out that she is not really his mother. The reason she has become like this is because of all the guilt building up in her mind about lying to her husband. This is shown when she says to Eddie, "She's trying to make me tell you." This once again changes the way that the audience think about her. Now they think that she has gone insane with guilt and mad because of her obsessions. ...read more.

Conclusion

Marilyn Monroe started her life as Norma Jeane Baker. She was fostered in 1933 by a close friend, Grace Mckee. On July 23, 1946 Marilyn signed her first 20th century Fox studios contract. Marilyn tragically died at the age of 35, suspected of a drug over dose. Marilyn Monroe is interesting in this play because she acts as a sort of idol for Mrs Johnston. They were both good looking but they went to waist because of stupid accidents. For Mrs J it was getting married and having lots of children, for Monroe it was taking drugs. By the end of the play I don't think that Russell intended the audience to blame Mrs Johnston for the tragedy, which occurred. The purpose of getting the narrator to suggest that she had committed a terrible crime was to get the audience thinking from different points of view. This is so that they understand how two different minds work, he rich and the poor. I think that Russell was successful in this play because it shows one story but two different ways of looking at it. For example a criminal is in court for doing something wrong so the judges are only looking at the case from the victim's point of view. Whereas the criminals view may be totally different because he may of done what he did for a good reason. Guy Sweetman ...read more.

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