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    HOW DOES WILLY RUSSEL BUILD UP DRAMATIC TENSION AT THE END OF THE PLAY 'BLOOD BROTHERS'

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    This event spurs Mickey on to seek revenge against Edward because he feels betrayed by him and Linda. Mickey reacted by ''comb the town, breaking through groups of people, looking, searching........ going to do''. It shows that he is out of control and he is counting to kill Edward. This is evident when the writer uses the words like searching, looking, desperate.....''. He doesn't even know that what is he looking for or what to do further. The words that the writer uses to show Mickey's agitated mood, heightens tension to the audience. Additionally, playing loud music intensifies tension too.

    • Word count: 880
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    Blood Brothers

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    At 20 years old, he returned to college and became a teacher in the Toxteth area of Liverpool. Around this time he met his wife, Annie, and became interested in writing drama. As Willly Russell was brought up in the working class its not surprising that he left school with just one O - level. Also it's not surprising that he wrote a play write showing the digression of growing up in the working class. "Class" is central to the story as it is a theme that exists throughout the play. Willy Russell has shown the class affects people's lives by having 2 families in the play, the Johnstone family (working class) and the Lyons family (middle class).

    • Word count: 872
  3. Mickey Johnston Timeline - Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

    They become blood brothers but Mrs. Johnstone tells Eddie to stay away from Eddie. Eddie moves away, and Mickey also moves, to somewhere in the countryside. Mickey is still interested in sweets at this age. Age: 14 years At the age of 14, Mickey is a little shy, nervous around girls and just likes to mess around. While playing around in class he gets suspended, and so does Linda. While outside thinking, he meets Edward again.

    • Word count: 572
  4. Blood Brothers- With reference to the way Russell presents Mickey- Show how far you agree that Mickey is responsible for the things that go wrong in his life.

    Mickey's language and movement show his anger and frustration. Mickey uses foul language and his body language e.g. Pushing/Shoving shows anger. Mickey's life goes wrong at this point and it is totally his fault. His resentment and rage against Edward makes him go to the extreme and kill Edward. Mickey is very naive and because of this many things go wrong in his life. He is easily persuaded by Sammy to be a watch out. This is possibly because he is at the end of his tether and feels that there is no other way out of his present situation of misery.

    • Word count: 859
  5. The narrator's role in 'Blood Brothers' is quite unusual. The narrator is on stage all the time, watching the characters and often lurking in the background, and this makes him seem a sinister and threatening character,

    stage at such times that it has an enormous impact upon the audinace;up to the extent that even when the narrator is not to be seen and is not there the audinace have this emotion in which they express that the narrator is omniscuent. For instance the play states the following "The devils got your number" this suggests that the narrator is becoming powerful, and the fact that he knows what's going on that he is all seeing. The fact the past is not going to let Mrs Johnstone and Mrs Lyonsgo that easily.

    • Word count: 917
  6. Through close examination of the Narrators songs and speeches, explore how Willy Russell uses the role of the storyteller in Blood Brothers

    Russell wanted the play to sound like 'an old Greek myth'. In ancient Greek theatre, the chorus was a group of minor actors who appeared mostly in tragedies and could portray any character. This is similar to Blood Brothers in that it follows the tragic story of two families and that the narrator in the book plays several different roles. The Greek chorus would also usually communicate in song and would comment on the actions and reactions of the characters in the play, comparable to how the narrator converses in the play.

    • Word count: 410
  7. How are the mothers presented in the play Blood Brothers and how does the audience respond to them ?

    she tells her to swear on the bible to seal their deal and so that no one else will find out about this. Right at the beginning from the way Mrs Lyons persuades Mrs Johnstone, the audience can tell that she is the type of person who will go to any lengths to get what she wants. When in act 1 scene 8, the mother decides that if Mrs Lyons is not going to let her work there anymore then she is going to tell someone about how Mrs Lyons took one of her children, Mrs Lyons comes up with

    • Word count: 977
  8. Blood Brothers-What is the importance of Linda as a whole.

    This musical was set in the 1950-1960s, one of the reasons why Willy Russell wrote this musical, was to show the contrast between a working class woman and a rich woman, he cared very much about the woman rights and Willy Russell used this musical to support his belief. Linda was one of those whom to be a working class woman, she is portrayed a poor, uneducated and a hard working woman.

    • Word count: 537
  9. Blood brothers

    This makes the two 'Blood Brothers' the opposite. Part 1 Through the play there are a lot of characters that get involved like Linda. She is Mickey's girlfriend, but then cheats on him with Edward 'Their smiles fade as they look at each other. Suddenly they kiss'. Before this Linda was saying she loved Edward but not as much as she loved Mickey. Then there's Sammy, Mickey's older brother. He gets Mickey into trouble a lot of times. 'An alarm bell is heard, followed by an explosion from the gun'.

    • Word count: 665
  10. Producing Blood Brothers

    Dull lighting falls upon the Johnstone's living room. Mrs Johnstone is patching up a pair of ripped trousers, sitting on a worn armchair opposite a mismatched sofa. The backdrop is of a dusty room with stained brown walls. The atmosphere is calm. Then the policeman knocks on the door, Mrs Johnstone sets aside her sowing and gets up to look out of the window next to the door. When she sees the policeman she starts to panic, she makes nervous, jumpy movements and darts around hiding things that are tatty or have been stolen; without being returned, for shame.

    • Word count: 904
  11. How willy russel conveys chosen themes

    lot of references to this and it has a lot of relevance to the play and secondly, the insight that is given into Mrs Johnstone's life and how she had often been confounded with superstition. Other prominent themes in blood brothers include dancing which was part of the life of the character Mrs Johnstone which she misses from being with her husband, the repeated references to dancing and the progressively dangerous use of guns by characters in the play. The tragic, heart wrenching story of the twins separation and then their untimely death was a very well suited plot to portray the theme of class and how no one's life is what they would consider "perfect" despite being upper class.

    • Word count: 991
  12. blood brothers

    During the time of anger there should be music that reflects the atmosphere on the stage and around it. I think fast heavy music that shows violence anger and hatred all in one. On the other hand there will also be the atmosphere of sadness. I think that the colour light blue represents this very well and spotlighting the person/s that are sad. Slow sad music playing in the background. However when there is tension or tension building up slow drum beat in the background and plain white light so that the audience can see clearly what is happening.

    • Word count: 941
  13. Blood Brothers

    It is a tragic musical written by the fantastic writer Willy Russell. Mrs Johnstone, a lonely woman whose husband has abandoned her and a houseful of mouths to feed, learns she is expecting AGAIN, however what she doesn't learn till later on is that she is having twins which adds to the life problems that her life comes to struggle with. She works for Mrs Lyons who is desperate for kid s but isn't able to have any her self, when she finds out about Mrs Johnstone's pregnancy she uses it to her advantage, to her delight she begs for one of Mrs Johnstone's twins at birth.

    • Word count: 815
  14. Blood brothers synopsis

    The two mothers vow not to let the boys meet and to keep the whole thing a secret. The boys grow up apart and are brought up completely differently. Mrs Johnston named the twin that stayed with her Mickey and Mrs Lyons named her child Edward. By chance, the boys meet and they play together. They become friends - 'blood brothers'. Mrs Johnston sees the two boys together, and, realising who Edward is, she frightfully warns Mickey not to go near the area the boys met in the hope that this will keep them apart.

    • Word count: 615
  15. Blood Brothers

    Also, the set worked well showing wealth in the Lyons' house and the poverty/discomfort on the black set (streets). The cast performed very well. Each actor was well absorbed into their role, managing to portray their character realistically. The characterization was the whole essence of the performance. My favorite character was Edward. I was quite humored by the lollipop, stockings, accent, and behavior. Edward's accent reminded the audience of his class. The Lyon's are well-spoken, suggesting a good education. The costumes were impressive, providing strong individuality.

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  16. On the 15th of February some drama pupils and I went to watch a play (musical) called Blood Brothers at the Royal Concert hall in Nottingham.

    Then we see her giving up one of her babies to a friend as she has had twins. However little does she know in later years the baby she gave away (Eddie) is now eight years old and friends with her son (Mickey). This is not good because Eddie and Mickey have no idea that they are blood brothers. They then become best of friends and have even agreed because there birthday is on the same day to become blood brothers as they cross there arms prick their fingers, mix the blood and become Blood Brothers But when there mums find out they are not pleased, so Eddies mum (Mrs Lyons)

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  17. alternative ending on A clockwork orange

    I viddy round me and Oh My Brothers, Your Humble Narrator was surprised to look at the platties I was wearing, but Len, Rick and Bully were too wearing them, like this big platties and harsh harsh harsh to move. I started smeching and going buaaa buaaa buaaa and my drooges smeching hahaha, and I slosh voices saying Welly well welly and pee and em going buaaaa buaaaa buaaa and then Oh My Brothers lovely lovely and glorious Ludwig van and I was tolchoking really horrowshow that grazhny bratchny as the pum pum of the drums, I was the master of the orchestra.

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  18. blood brothers narrator

    " . . . .the devil's got your number, he's gonna find y', y' know he's right behind y', he's starin' through your windows, he's creeping down the hall." This verse in the song suggests that the devil is getting closer and closer to Mrs Johnstone and one day he is going to catch her. This is the only song that the narrator sings in the play which is suggesting that the narrator may just be the devil. The play is also a tragedy as two twins grow p not knowing each other and then both die on the day that they find out that they are twins.

    • Word count: 755
  19. Discuss the Dramatic effect of role models in Blood Brothers. Willy Russell wrote blood brothers to purely entertain the youth of Liverpool

    I have chosen these two particular characters because they play leading roles in Edwards and Mickey's life and influencing the outcome of the play. Willy Russell purposely created the character Sammy for the play to use him as Mickey's stereotypical older brother who Mickey would do anything to be like. Sammy is the most influential character in the play but this is for all the wrong reasons. Sammy could be seen as a bad role model for Mickey. As the play progresses Sammy is continually portrayed as an angry and sometimes violent character.

    • Word count: 635
  20. Blood Brothers After being separated at birth Micky and Edward were brought up in completely different environments

    This seems fantastic to Mrs Johnston because all of her children share one room. Mrs Lyons becomes jealous so of her easy relationship with baby Eddie she fires Mrs Johnston and now Eddie is completely separated from Mrs Johnston and his twin. Even though they were split up destiny finally brought them together. The twins are brought together because of their nature. They meet by accident when they are seven years old and become very close right away. They feel so close they become "Blood Brothers". This is ironic because they already share the same blood because of their natures.

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  21. I am writing in response to the governor's decision to stop the production of Blood Brothers by Willy Russell. I understand the reasons for this, but I wish to demonstrate how certain themes are an integral part of the play

    Also, the fact that he has been brought up with so many brothers and sisters who swear makes it second or even first nature for him to swear. There is also the point that Eddie uses bad language in the wrong context. This is demonstrated when he calls his mother a "Fuck Off" this not only shows the audience that he doesn't understand how to swear, but it also hint as the fact that Eddie is actually a Johnstone and is showing his true nature.

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  22. Blood Brothers

    * Blond hair- worn in a high ponytail. * Black socks * White shirt, couple of buttons undone revealing stomach and cleavage (just). * Grubby white shirt (short sleeved under green pullover) * * Dirty knees, face, hands and arms. * Shirt tied at bottom * Dark, messy hair. * 3. The childhood scenes were made realistic by the costumes the children wore. For example Linda wore a girly dress and wore her hair in pigtails.

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  23. Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. Canada: Random House, 2004.

    as concerning the possibility of reconciling the demands of friendship with the demands of morality in cases in which the two seem to conflict. In the novel, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini explores the struggles that Amir faces that confront him on the path to manhood testing friendship. One of the highlights of their friendship is their competition in the kite fighting competitions that mark the start of winter in Kabul. Amir is a master kite fighter, and Hassan is a mysterious "kite runner" able to retrieve the fallen kites and bring them home as trophies.

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  24. As the play goes on, it becomes more and more apparent that Willie Russell believes that nurture has a lot more to do with the outcome of someone that nature

    Mickey: "When's your birthday?" Eddie: "December 12th". Mickey: "So is mine." It does not give any specific images of any of their appearances but you would expect Eddie to have a side parting, clean face and may be chubbier that Mickey due to a better diet and he would have been more knowledgeable about hygiene. Mickey would probably be quite a grubby boy and perhaps not as tall as Eddie but he will probably be stronger that Eddie because of the amount of time spent outside playing.

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  25. Friendship in Harry Potter

    Friends are trusted with secrets, both large and small, because good friends never break a confidence. Good friends are forever loyal. This is the case of Hagrid with Professor Dumbledore. Hagrid is forever loyal to Dumbledore despite of their differences because the professor has trusted Hagrid with important undertakings. An important vote of trust and responsibility that friends deserve in order to feel appreciated. A similar example of loyalty is portrait when Harry stood up for his new friend Ron Weasley when Draco Malfoy insulted Ron's family; Harry rejected to shake Malfoy's hand and added: "I think I can tell who the wrong sort are for myself, thanks" (Rowling 109).

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare how Willy Russell portrays the two mothers in Blood Brothers. Account for the different reactions the audience will have to the two women throughout the play.

    "In conclusion, one the one hand, sometimes Willy Russell portrays Mrs. Johnstone to be the 'real' mother and induces the audience to be attracted to her. Russell than portrays Mrs. Lyons to be the 'false' mother and sways the audience to find her unsympathetic and snobbish. He portrays her as a cold woman who does not show much emotion. We see her as over-protective of Eddie as she fears his bond with the Johnstone family. Yet on the other hand, Willy Russell tends to make the audience to believe that Mrs. Lyons and Mrs. Johnstone are equally sympathetic. He portrays both mothers to be loving and caring mothers who make the best of things. In general, Willy Russell does portray Mrs. Johnstone to be the 'real' mother seeing that she understood the tender relationship between Mickey and Edward. Willy Russell portrayed Mrs. Lyons to be a very selfish woman because of her previous actions like sending Edward to boarding school and showing Mickey that Edward and Linda have been unfaithful. The audience will also feel very understanding and sympathetic towards Mrs. Johnstone throughout the play whereas they may have felt hatred for Mrs. Lyons."

  • Compare how Willy Russell portrays the two brothers in Blood Brothers. Account for the different reactions the audience have to the two characters throughout the play.

    "I really enjoyed reading the play, after having studied it in great detail. Although a sad ending it is a brilliant play throughout and never a dull moment. There are lots of creative moments in the play which always keep you interested. I especially like the way Russell compares and contrasts the two classes between Eddie and Mickey during childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Humour is also brought into the play as you can see that Mickey just doesn't have a clue and isn't ever going to get anywhere and you also see that Eddie is so different and has the brains but starts to throw it away due to his love for Lisa and Mickey's bad influence. For me Russell did a great job despite vastly exaggerating the difference of upper and lower class society."

  • Discuss the influences on the lives of Mickey and Eddie in Blood Brothers.

    "In conclusion, I can divide the influences on the lives of Mickey and Eddie in four main sections. The differences between Mickey and Eddie in the family, the social class they are, the education they have and the religion of the family. They are identical twins but they have got a very different life, I think it is because these things that I have mentioned before influenced them."

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