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How are the mothers presented in the play Blood Brothers and how does the audience respond to them ?

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How are the mothers presented in the play Blood Brothers and how does the audience respond to them ? Blood Brothers was created in the 1980's, written by Willy Russell. It is a play that was first set in Liverpool. This play shows the contrast between the upper and lower class. It illustrates the power and control the rich have over the poor. Blood Brothers is also about destiny and the boundaries and differences between societies. Furthermore, this play regards deceit, lies, superstition and want. This play tells us the story of two twins who were separated at birth, by two mothers. The mothers, Mrs Johnstone and Mrs Lyons, both are from two different societies and backgrounds and both have different personalities and characters. Mrs Johnstone, the mother of the twins, gives one away to Mrs Lyons (who has wanted a child for a long time) and Mrs Lyons in turn provides Mrs Johnstone with the money she needs to prevent her family from coming out onto the streets. Mrs Lyons manipulates Mrs Johnstone into giving one of the twins to her when they are born and without giving Mrs Johnstone time to think, ...read more.


Right at the beginning of the play, where the mother, Mrs Johnstone, is singing, the audience gets that feeling that she is a lonely and heart broken woman, who is having money problems and is in need of a loving husband. Then when she makes the deal with Mrs Lyons the audience feels even more sorry for her because she is so blind and trusting that she can't see behind Mrs Lyons mask and she can't see how as soon as she has sworn on the bible, Mrs Lyons attitude towards her changes. " No. No, I want to do the shopping from now on.", this shows that she has started to change because she doesn't want Mrs Johnstone to buy anything for her future child because she doesn't want her to get any more involved with her future child and is planning on doing everything for the child herself, however what the audience sees, Mrs Johnstone doesn't. She doesn't see through Mrs Lyons pretence and just continues with her work which gives the audience the feeling that she is a bit dense and is misled easily. ...read more.


I think that her desperation for a child causes her to lose her morals and all she can see throughout the play is her child and how she can keep him, she doesn't think about anything else and lets others suffer so long as she gets to keep her child. I believe that Mrs Johnstone is again desperate, but for an entirely different reason and it is perhaps their desperation that brings Mrs Johnstone and Mrs Lyons together and they help each other in their time of need, but then go against each other when they each realize the effects of their deceit. In conclusion I think that the audience feels sorry for both mothers and they also feel a bit sad at the ending because Mrs Lyons superstition came true and both twins did die. I feel sorry for Mrs Lyons because what she wanted the most, a child, she lost and it was she herself who caused his death, all because of her stubbornness and for her pride of not giving in to Mrs Johnstone. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Coursework Blood Brothers Nova Khan ...read more.

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