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Willy Russell's 'Blood Brothers'?

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Blood Brothers Essay Neither mother is without guilt. How far would you agree with with this statement about the mothers in Willy Russell's 'Blood Brothers'? The story introduces us to the situation of twin boys separated at birth and they grow up in different controlled environments. They both live a different life and have the same tragic fate and die. "You do know what they say about twins, secretly parted don't you ... that if either twin learns that he once was a pair, they shall both immediately die." This was a predicted unofficial superstition that comes true. Mrs Johnstone is the main character. We meet her at the begging of the play and discover that her husband has left her. She already has seven children and has an extremely difficult life. Mrs Johnstone can be regarded as guilty for a number of reasons. One such reason is that she buys more things then she can afford, "When I got me job, I thought I would be able to pay." Mrs Johnstone explains. Mrs Johnstone also accepts Mrs Lyons plan to give a child to her, Mrs Johnstone agrees. ...read more.

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She loves her children so much, but fears they may be taken away from her as she cannot provide for her nine hungry mouths to feed. Mrs Johnstone is in so much debt, that she cannot feed the children let alone another two more. "Next week i'll be earnin'," Mrs Johnstone told her children. Mrs Johnstone believes, by giving up her son to Mrs Lyons, she will give a better life to the twin. "It's lovely son, he'll be well looked after there. He'll have everything he wants." As soon as the town hears Mrs Johnstone is moving away, everyone is happy. "Praise the lord, he has delivered us at last." The policeman says "I can predict a sharp drop in crime rate." (All of Sammy's bad doings.) Mrs Johnstone is very happy that they are starting a new life and they are very happy it. "We're goin' away, oh, bright new day." They are all very optimistic. When Mrs Johnstone moved to the country, she discovered Mrs Lyons has moved to the same area as they have. One day Mrs Lyons went to Mrs Johnstone's house. ...read more.

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This made Mickey feel very insecure. There is also evidence to suggest that Mrs Lyons is innocent too. Mrs Lyons was depressed as she couldn't have any children, "But I didn't tell him in case I miscarriage." Mrs Lyons tries very hard to be good mother, "Mummy will read you the story, Edward. I have got to go to work for an hour", but Mr Lyons is preoccupied with his work. Mrs Lyons is protective of Edward. "I've told you never to go where that boy - boys like that live." Mrs Lyons cannot cope with Edward's behaviour, playing with Mickey and Linda. She feels he is being taken away from her, Mrs Lyons wants to move. "I don't want to live here anymore. I want to move." Mrs Lyons has side effects from purchasing Edward. She does not believe that Edward is hers anymore. "I never made him mine." In conclusion I think Mrs Lyons is the guiltiest one; because of all the crimes she has committed. She is more to blame because she has money, power and good looks. She should have stopped all the problems by telling the truth, being honest to everyone. The worst crime she committed was attempted murder. Mrs Johnston didn't commit any crimes. Mrs Lyons is guilty. By Veenesh Halai ...read more.

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