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

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'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.

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