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

'Why Didn't I Have Any Power...Any Control?'' Blood Blothers' by Willy Russell is a play about nature versus nurture.

Extracts from this document...


'Why Didn't I Have Any Power...Any Control?' 'Blood Blothers' by Willy Russell is a play about nature versus nurture. Willy Russell's 'Blood Brothers' is set at a crucial time in British history. It is set in Liverpool in the early 1980s at a time when many of the working class were being replaced by machines as it was cheaper. The educated people, though were hardly affected. We see Mrs Johnston a hard-working woman, pregnant, alone with seven children and struggling to pay her debts. Then we see her 'bright and breezy', middle class employer Mrs Lyons. At first glance both women seem different, but they both share similar difficulties. They both are mostly alone and have been abandoned by their husbands. Mrs Johnston's husband totally abandoned her when the pressure was too much,'me husband walked out on me'. Mrs Lyons has not been totally abandoned by her husband, yet he is always away for long gaps of time when he is on business trips, 'the company sent him out for about nine months'. This is a huge space in time and is almost like abandoning her. Both women are troubled,yet strong and do not show they are troubled until they have their talk. At this point they are generally on good terms. ...read more.


We now see the two brothers develop a relationship, unaware of the truth, they ironically become 'blood brothers'. As they are children they do not acknowledge that they have a difference in class and Mickey seems to have power and influence over Eddie as he knows swear words and is exotic to Eddie. But the audience knows that they have been nurtured very differently as Mickey enjoys playing with air guns and playing pranks on people and Eddie is well educated and looks in the dictionary. They already are different, but they do not yet know it. The boys enjoy each others company and thanks to Mickey they get into trouble. The audience then notices the difference in class of the two families by the way the policewoman speaks to both of the mothers. The policewoman talks down to Mrs Johnston as she is a lower class 'you keep them in order or it will be the courts for you'. Mrs Lyons, although is spoken to as if Eddie has done nothing wrong 'it was more of a prank really'. The policewoman gives Mrs Lyons the suggestion to 'not let him mix with the likes of them in the future'. Mrs Lyons uses this to get Edward away from the Johnston family, not just because she doesn't want Eddie to get in trouble, more so he isn't with the Johnston family and so he doesn't find out the truth. ...read more.


This is the greatest power any of them had over each other. It seems he was nurtured to have that power as his mother also had it with Mrs Johnston. Eddie has power but it seems he would give it all up just to be with his friends. He gives Mickey a job, a house and treats Linda constantly. He loves them both. Mickey thinks that Eddie is having an affair with Linda and controlling his life, but all he wants to do is help them, 'all I've tried to do is help'. Mickey says to Eddie 'why didn't i have any power...any control?'. this is the most ironic piece in the play as Mickey probaly would of had the power and control. He doesn't so he tries to gain some by getting a gun but it isn't even real. The mother then bursts in and thinks Mickey is trying to kill Eddie, so to stop him she tells him that they are brothers, they hardly have enough time to acknowledge this when Mrs Lyons, fueled by her insanity, tries to kill Mickey so she can just have Eddie 'I'll still have Edward'. Eddie dives in front of the bullet and dies Mrs Lyons then kills Mickey. They were both nurtured in different ways yet they still died as they were born- together. 'They were born and they died on the self same day'. Sean Jones 107 ...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 create sympathy for the Johnston family in "Blood Brothers"?

    This is shown by the quotation he uses to express his feelings and also questions himself, "I don't have any power do I?" Near the end of the play Mickey becomes very aggressive, short tempered and shouts when he becomes angry.

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

    Lyons feels so threatened by Mrs. Johnstone that she has been driven to want to hurt or even kill her. We then also see quite a huge contrast in the scene where Mrs. Johnstone allows Mickey and Edward to go to the cinema to watch the 'Swedish Au Pairs' film.

  1. Blood brothers coursework 'You're not the same as him, you're not' Mrs. Lyons says ...

    Eddie however is jealous that Mickey is liked by girls and would jump at the opportunity to talk to a girl. He knows what to say and likes interacting with them. LINDA: What y' doin' in town, Mick? MICKEY: We've erm, we've...

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

    Lyons states "You see why I don't want you mixing with boys like that! You learn filth from them," after Eddie swears at her. It seems to confirm her stereotypical views about the nature of people who were less well off than her, which obviously includes how she sees Mickey to be.

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

    Now that is very important because if you dress the two boys in the stereotypical way for their class it will probably lead most of the audience to stereotypical views. And the play is stereotypical in the way that the working class person doesn't succeed; the middle class person does and has a nice life just because they're middle class.

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

    The fact that she had to marry the father of her unborn child suggests the prejudices of that period of time. To have a baby before you were married was seen as shameful and improper. Also the fact that she became pregnant indicates the lack of appropriate health education and contraception.

  1. In 'Blood Brothers' we discussed how the narrator affects the play and how the ...

    It's almost as if he is the emotion that everyone wants to avoid but no one is doing anything about it, Mrs Johnstone carries on in her life pretending that she isn't superstitious and although there is this undying voice inside her saying that she is and one day Mickey and Edward are going to die.

  2. Blood Brothers. In the play we see that Mrs Johnstones life totally contrasts with ...

    "with two more children how can you possibly avoid some of them going into care?" This weakens Mrs Johnstone because it makes her think and she might get very upset about the thought of loosing one of her own children.

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