This is Blood Brothers in a nutshell; a musical which tears through the walls of social ethics exposing the obvious truth, injustice and social inequalities roam our Country and the devices which Russell uses brings this to the audience in a mixture of speech, song and show....
In the three plays I will be comparing and contrasting Mrs Lyons and Mrs Johnston from blood brothers, Rita from Educating Rita and Shirley from Shirley Valentine.
What comments might Russell be making about his twins You should write about · Mrs Johnstone and Mrs Lyons · Edward and Mickey · The Policeman · The Narrator This essay is about the play Blood Brothers by Willy Russell.
Willy Russell has wrote plays based in Liverpool because this is where he was brought up as a kid in a working class family, Blood Brothers relates to this and aspects of class that he would have experienced when he lived there.
Nurture in Blood Brothers 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.
This idea can be seen in the four main characters of the play as Mrs Johnstone is continually in debt and Mrs Lyons remains unfulfilled in her wealthy life.
Money also controls the relationship between Edward and Mickey as, when Edward returns from University to his penniless blood brother, their friendship cannot be the same.
Throughout literary history, growing up has been a common theme in many novels, plays and poems.
Therefore, Blood Brothers can be seen as an attack against Thatcher’s idea that everyone who wanted to work hard could be successful.
Many critics have argued that "Blood Brothers" revolves around the idea of money and materialism.
With particular references to two main characters, show how the way they change and develop during the course of the play demonstrates Russell's attitudes to power and opportunity in society "Blood Brothers" is set in Liverpool in the early eighties.
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....
Throughout the musical, Willy Russell shows the audience that wealth offers better educational opportunities, which eventually leads to a completely different lifestyle for that individual.
Through the characters of Eddie, Mickey, Mrs Johnstone and Mrs Lyons, Russell emphasises the important differences in social class and the unfairness this results in through the use of social stereotypes.
Men and Women
Despite the differences in social class, similarities can be drawn between the women in the play as the three main women are all more passive than their male partners.
This enables Russell to explore how people belonging to a higher class are more privileged than those belonging to a lower class.
The degree of education the characters receive in "Blood Brothers" links directly to the social class they belong to.
Being from a lower class, Mickey does not have a good education, meaning that he has fewer options and has to resort to crime and drug addiction to cope.
Education can also be seen to have shaped the lives of the women in the play too as Mrs Johnstone only falls into her poverty when her husband leaves as she has no education to fall back on as a means of escape.
In "Blood Brothers", the Johnstones and the Lyons come from two different social classes.
For example, a prince might be defined by his "royal blood," or a weak man described as having "thin blood." Close friends may be "blood brothers," or families may have a "blood feud." In William Faulkner's Light in August, the image of blood permeates the themes of sexuality, race, and religion....
Blood Brothers looks at the differences and conflicts of their upbringings, their relationships with each other and with their real and adopted mothers....