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"Blood Brothers", a play by Willy Russell, was set in the late sixties/early seventies and was written in 1981

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DRAFT COPY OF BLOOD BROTHERS ESSAY "Blood Brothers", a play by Willy Russell, was set in the late sixties/early seventies and was written in 1981. It is a Liverpudlian West Side Story about twin brothers being separated at birth because their mother cannot afford to keep them. She gives one of them away to a wealthy woman who longs for a child. The two children grow up as friends in very different environments, not bothered about the old tale about a curse that states that if twins are separated at birth, they will die if brought back together during their lives. But a quarrel between the two boys soon brings trouble. Russell uses the play, including the scene that I am going to be focusing on, to put across views about 20th century society and to show the importance of class and life in Liverpool in the late sixties and early seventies. He also highlights the importance of environment and the way society, at the time, regarded single mothers. Single mothers were thought of as lower class characters that have many children born of different fathers. At the time that "Blood Brothers" was set, politics would've been really bad. The government probably wouldn't have cared or been bothered about the poor living conditions that some of the weaker families were living in. ...read more.

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She has always longed for a child of her own and when she finds out that Mrs Johnstone is pregnant, she takes the opportunity to fulfil her dream of having a child. There are some important lines within my chosen scene that are spoken differently. One of these is when Mrs Lyons says: "Give one of them to me." This line is said with excitement, determination and anticipation. Mrs Lyons is so desperate for a child that she begs Mrs Johnstone to give her one of hers when they are born. This line is very important in the play because Mrs Lyons would say it like she was desperate for a child. Another line that is spoken differently is when Mrs Johnstone says: "Give one to you?" This line is said with slight shock because Mrs Johnstone wasn't expecting Mrs Lyons to say anything like that. Mrs Johnstone wants to give one of her children away, but in another way she doesn't because it is her child and she wants to keep it, yet she knows the child will be better off with Mrs Lyons because Mrs Lyons will be able to care for the child and give him/her whatever he/she needs. Mrs Johnstone knows she cannot afford to keep the child, but is unsure whether she wants to give one away. ...read more.

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This is made quite clear when Mrs Lyons sings: "I'd keep him warm in the winter" and "And he'd sleep every night in a bed of his own" and finally "I'd always be there if his dream was a nightmare." Mrs Lyons uses all of this to persuade Mrs Johnstone into giving her child away. Mrs Lyons is obviously very desperate to have a child, as in my chosen scene she states: "Please, Mrs Johnstone, please." Mrs Lyons is obviously so desperate to have a child that she begs and begs Mrs Johnstone. Mrs Lyons sings to get sympathy about how: "Every day I look out from this window... etc," until Mrs Johnstone finally gives in. To conclude this, I can say that both characters play a very important part in my chosen scene. My chosen character, Mrs Lyons, plays an important part because she has to persuade Mrs Johnstone to give her one of her children when they are born, using mainly the sympathy vote. There are many significant events used in my scene. The main event is Mrs Lyons persuading Mrs Johnstone and Mrs Johnstone finally giving in. All in all, this scene is, in my opinion, the most important in the play because this is what the whole play is about - twins being separated at birth. Word Count: 1, 687 ?? ?? ?? ?? Sarah Davenport 04 ...read more.

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