• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"Blood Brothers" by Willy Russell.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"Blood Brothers" by Willy Russell "Blood Brothers" is the story of twin brothers who are separated at birth. The play starts at the end, then goes back and tells the events that led to that situation. The story pivots around one character, Mrs Johnstone, she (the birth mother) finds out she is pregnant - again - her husband leaves her for someone who looks like Marilyn Monroe, she agrees with her boss, Mrs Lyons, whose house she cleans, that she can have one of the twins she is expecting. They both agree that it should be their secret and no one else shall ever know the truth. Mickey stayed with his mum, and Eddie went off with his new rich mother and father. The Johnstons are a "problem family" with little money and many mouths to feed, where as the Lyons have plenty of money to lavish on their "son". We follow the brothers, Mickey and Eddie, through their lives and see how their mother's decision to give Eddie away causes tragedy. The comedy of the early years of the boy's lives as we see them playing in the streets only makes the climax of the play more shocking and effective. ...read more.

Middle

In the song My Child, Mrs Johnstone and Mrs Lyons both dream about the kind of life that the child could have, brought up in a beautiful home in a nice neighbourhood, making the assumption that this would mean he would not get into any trouble, and a pact is made. Mrs Lyons husband worked away most of the time, and she was able to con him into thinking she was pregnant. The song Easy Terms paints the scenario about living on credit or the Never, Never; and draws a comparison with the new baby, who she will not have for long, being akin to only having catalogue goods for 'borrowed time'. The song Shoes upon the Table begins with Mrs Lyons scaring Mrs Johnstone into believing that if the brothers ever find out they are one of a twin, they will both be killed, and she should never come looking for her other twin. The music is quite fast and loud at this time, with the Narrator continuing with the threats Mrs Lyons started. Eventually the two kids meet while out playing, and become friends. They discover their birthdays are the same day, and make a pact to become Blood Brothers. ...read more.

Conclusion

Linda and Mickey have already married by this time. Eddie is still on the scene supporting her. The end scene is where Eddie is in a meeting and Mickey in a mad rage from finding out that his best friend was having an affair with his wife. Acting as if he had nothing else to lose he went and got the gun his brother hid under the floor boardings of his mums house at the front door, when he got onto the stage he pointed the gun at Eddie and told the other two characters to go. At that time there were four men acting as police men - two on both sides of the room and they were speaking to Mickey to let Eddie go. Then from out from nowhere the brother's mum comes into the scene and tells Mickey to stop, then not knowing what to do she tell replies to Mickey after he says why not to her (after telling him not to shoot Eddie) she reveals that he and Eddie were brothers. The Mickey gives shocked face and then he accidentally shoots his brother and the second after killing his brother the armed police act quickly and shoot Mickey. And so ends the play with both families grieving over the twin brothers. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Blood Brothers section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Blood Brothers essays

  1. How does Willy Russell explore the themes of class and society in Blood Brothers?

    and she also persuaded Mrs Johnstone to give her one of the children. It may have been Linda's mistake about having the affair which ended Mickey's and Edward's life, it could have also been Edwards fault for letting the affair begin.

  2. Examine how Willy Russell presents the nature/nurture debate in Blood Brothers.

    (Laughs)'Willy Russell, throughout the play, tries to compare each middle class scene with how the upper class half live. It isn't done in every scene as it would have been too much, but the scene with the policeman is a real hit with reality, and with jokes set aside for

  1. Free essay

    What makes Blood Brothers an effective stage play?

    Mrs Lyons was cruel and nasty to Mrs Johnston and broke a promise she made with her. We sympathize with Mrs Johnston and grow to understand that despite her background and lack of money she is the better parent. This challenges any assumptions that suggest wealth would afford a better, more fortunate upbringing.

  2. Explore how the theme of different social worlds is presented in "Blood Brothers" by ...

    She seems to contain contradicting qualities and despite looking older than her real age, is still somewhat appealing despite the ravages of time having affected her. Also the constant mention of dancing seems to suggest that Mrs Johnstone was once quite a dancer, and so can easily impress, and even seduce people around her with her talent.

  1. How might a director show how Mickey and Edward's relationship changes in Blood Brothers? ...

    The director needs to show Edward being forthcoming and completely na�ve; Edward needs to be very trusting, instead of standing back or being in a relaxed position he should be very close to Mickey and leaning in excitedly because doesn't feel threatened but only because he never has done.

  2. Blood Brothers

    Edward should also look down at the pavement or look up into the sky. This would give an impression that he is trying to imagine his friends at university. I think Mickey should look un-amused at Edward and then turn his head so he is not facing Edward.

  1. Compare how Willy Russell portrays the two mothers in 'Blood Brothers'. Account for the ...

    Throughout the scene, Mrs Lyons continues to use formal language. "I'm finding it rather large at present..." or "Myself I believe that an adopted child can become one's own." Through the use of language and facts, the audience can gradually determine Mrs Lyons' class and background; she has money, status

  2. Blood brothers - Willy Russell writes entertaining drama and champions the socially disadvantaged

    For example Mrs. Lyons' 'disadvantages' like constant loneliness and isolation from close family; her husband who always has to dash away within moments of being there, which makes us question; is she really happy? Mrs. Johnstone picks up on this and innocently says when she hears that Mrs.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work