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Class difference in Blood Brothers Essay

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How does Willy Russell demonstrate class difference in Blood Brothers?

"Blood Brothers" was written by Willy Russell in 1985. A Liverpudlian
West Side Story: twin brothers are separated at birth because their mother cannot afford to keep them both. She gives one of them away to wealthy Mrs Lyons and they grow up as friends in ignorance of their blood relationship until the inevitable quarrel caused through 'class' differences leads to the tragic outcome. In this essay, I will examine how Willy Russell demonstrates class differences in his play 'Blood
Brothers.' I will be looking at the differences between Mrs Lyons and
Mrs Johnson. The differences between Eddie and Mickey as young children at the age of seven. The different…show more content…

Y' knew y' wouldn't be able to pay didn't y'?" Mrs Johnson has eight children and so there is little attention given. In the play there is a teenage pregnancy; Mickey and Linda follow the same pattern as Mrs
Johnson. She has few luxuries, and has no toys for her many children.
Mrs Johnson is, however, a good parent in her own way. She "love the brunes, every one of them."

Mrs Johnson and Mrs Lyons are two very different people, Mrs Johnson hasn't got much time to spend with her children, and because she is busy working- "I know it's hard on all you kids, but try and get some sleep. Next week ill be earnin'," Mrs Lyons on the other hand is over protective and likes Edward to stay with her. She lives in constant fear of Edward discovering the truth.

Class difference in "Blood Brothers" is also seen when Mickey and
Eddie meet for the first time aged seven. Their social differences are shown by their language, behaviour of characters and how they react to each other.

Eddie is nave he has a sheltered life and is carefree, happy "bright and forthcoming." He is well educated and has a 'posh' accent, "super fun, actually" Also he knows what a dictionary is. Eddie talks to
Mickey happily despite their differences and with confidence offers a sweet. Mickey on the other hand is bored, suspicious streetwise and he has learnt to

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Essay on The Role of Mrs Lyons in 'Blood Brothers' by Willy Russell

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The Role of Mrs Lyons in 'Blood Brothers' by Willy Russell

Blood Brothers is a play written by Willy Russell telling the story of two twin brothers that were separated at birth, as their mother could not afford to keep the both of them.

The mothers well to do employee, Mrs Lyons, hears of the mother’s problem and agrees to take in one of the boys and to raise him as her own. Later on in their life the boys meet up again and ironically swear to become blood brothers and friends forever. To begin with this unlikely friendship seems to be doing well but as the bys get older their different backgrounds push them apart. In this essay I am going to examine the role of the adopted child’s mother Mrs…show more content…

In this scene Mrs Lyons is very desperate to get her own way, she is persistent and persuasive towards the mother and does not give up till the mothers agrees to her idea. When the mother does agree Mrs Lyons is extremely happy and pleased yet she secretly fears the mother will go back on their bargain.

In order to show Mrs Lyons wealth the actress should be very smartly dressed for instance a business suit, as this would also show her authority. She should have her hair in a tight bun or down and sleek to show that she is a smart woman who values appearance this would also make her look wealthy. After her ‘great idea’ part of her hair should fall down her face as this would help show the audience her eccentricity and that she has come undone, as it were, and forgotten about all other things e.g. her appearance; she is solely thinking of what she wants, a child. The actress in the beginning of this scene, should hold her posture and make small hand movements to emphasise what she is saying, later on though, once she is getting her own way, these should change into large over exaggerated movements to show her extreme happiness and her falseness as she is luring the mother into a false sense of security.

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