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Discuss how Willy Russell creates a dramatic ending to 'Blood Brothers', paying particular attention to the effect on the audience.

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Discuss how Willy Russell creates a dramatic ending to 'Blood Brothers', paying particular attention to the effect on the audience. 'Blood Brothers' is the story of two twins from a poor family in Liverpool. One of them is given away and they are forced to live apart, but somehow fate always brings them back together. The play is built upon the theme of the superstition that if twins are separated at birth then they will die on the day that they discover that they are twins. This theme is reinforced throughout the play by the words of the narrator to keep the audience thinking about what will happen. The first time we see the theme of superstition is when the narrator first begins to speak and he says: "So did you hear the story of the Johnstone twins? ....... How one was kept and one Given away..... Never knowing that they shared one name till the day they died..." Willy Russell thought that the working class people were more superstitious in contrast with the middle and upper classes. I think this is because they were usually more religious than the upper classes. An example of there superstition is when Mrs Lyons places a pair of new shoes on the table and Mrs Johnstone says: "New shoes on the table' take them off.... ...read more.

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Linda then realise where Mickey is going and she says:- "Mickey?... Eddie?...The Town Hall" One of the techniques that Russell uses to create drama in the play is by adding a narrator who intervenes several times during the events of the play. The role of the narrator is to emphasise the superstition of the twins and to keep the audience interested. An example of this is when the narrator sings: "Yes, the devil he's still got your number... he wants to speak to you...seen him leanin' on your door." This builds up the drama because of Mickey's unstable nature it will prepare the audience for events to come at the end of the play. Another example of this is when the narrator sings the song 'madman'. As he repeats the lyrics over and over the suspense would build and also the theme of superstition is also repeated and reinforced. Also by using pulsating music the drama and tension is heightened. "There's a man gone mad in the town tonight, He's gonna shoot somebody down..... Devil's got your number.....he's callin' you up today" This would remind the audience that there is a price to pay for separating twins; it will also reinforce the superstition of twins. I also think that it tells the audience that something important is going to happen. ...read more.

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When Mrs Johnstone had told her sons that they were brothers Mickey realises what sort of life he could have had and who he could have been. This made him feel uncontrollable rage towards his mother and this would have made the audience think that he may shoot Mrs Johnstone. By telling her two sons they were brothers Mrs Johnstone has caused both her sons deaths when she actually thought she was helping the situation. The final song and music would create a deep sadness in the audience and make them feel sorry for Linda and Mrs Johnstone's loss. They would also be sad for Mickey who hasn't had a very good life, they would feel sad for Edward because he hasn't done anything to harm anyone and yet he gets shot. This would confirm in the audiences mind the superstition that if twins are separated they will die on the day they find out the truth. I think that will was successful in creating drama and suspense throughout the play but I think he could have increased the tension at the end of the play by introducing Mickey and Edwards real father into the scene and perhaps Linda getting killed by Mickey as well as Edward. By adding another character it may make the audience think that Mickey will become even more confused and this may lead to the death of other characters. ...read more.

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