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How does Willy Russelll use the songs to enhance the audience(TM)s understanding of the play Blood Brothers(TM)?

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How does Willy Russelll use the songs to enhance the audience's understanding of the play 'Blood Brothers'? Blood Brothers is a play written by Willy Rusell as a school play in 1981. It was then developed into a full play/musical and performed for the first time at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1983. The musical features many songs that help to introduce the characters and set the scenes. The songs are sometimes also used to progress through the musical. One of these many songs starts on the first scene right after the narrator exits. Mrs. Johnstone sings it. In this song Mrs. Johnstone describes her life before the story starts. The song is used to introduce one of the main characters Mrs. Johnstone. Throughout the song Mrs. Johnstone is compared to Marilyn Monroe, this is an extended metaphor for her life. She is considered to be like Marilyn Monroe because her life starts off well but after time it starts to deteriorate just like that of Marilyn Monroe's life. ...read more.


Johnstone is giving her baby away to Mrs.Lyons. Such as when she sings "Then, I'm afraid, what can't be paid, must be returned" when she says this she is really talking about her baby and how she cannot afford to keep it so she must give it up. She also says, "Only for a time, I must not learn, to call you mine." She is talking about how in the end she won't be able to pay for the items and they will be taken away and so she never really owns them. The secret meaning of this of this is that she is giving her baby away so she will only know it for a while until it gets taken away from her by Mrs.Lyons. I think Willy Russell has done this to show the similarity between the giving up of her baby and the rest of her life; it's all the same. He's trying to show that Mrs. ...read more.


The summer song is used to show the audience the brothers growing up and to show how happy they are at the time its showing. It's trying to make the audience feel empathy with the brothers as they are going to die. The songs also help us to understand what is happening in the story. If the song is about a tragedy the song will be slow with a lot of pauses. Where as if the song is sung about something happy then it is usually fast paced with a lot less pauses. This helps you understand because without even listening to the words you can understand what is happening. The last song in the play I sung by Mrs. Johnstone. It's a very slow and emotional song. It shows Mrs. Johnstone going into denial about her two son's deaths. It really makes you feel sorry for Mrs. Johnstone. Overall the play wouldn't be the same without the songs. Willy Russell uses them to help you to understand the character feelings and help draw the story along. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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