The Intention of Willy Russell in Blood Brothers

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The Intention of the Playwright Blood Brothers is largely based on real events at the time the play was set (in the late 1960’s to early 1970’s), a time when there were many social, cultural and historic issues in Liverpool; a city which Willy Russell was incredibly familiar to; having grown up here, and witnessed the changing society. I think his general intention was to portray the separation of classes in society and show how their lives contrast. He wanted to show how much of a struggle it was for the working class citizens, shown by Mrs Johnston’s family, compared to a carefree and glamorous lifestyle of middle class families, shown by Mrs Lyons’. The playwright shows this by using two different sets, one each side of the stage. On one side is the Johnston’s street: a poorer set; there are smashed windows and graffiti written on the walls, and several houses; there is also a lack of colour in this set, which I think shows the coldness and gloominess of being in poverty in that time. On the other is Mrs Lyons’: her house is very grand, colourful and bright, showing the joyfulness of her life. Willy Russell shows that if two boys, born at the same time, have different positions in society, it can really reflect on how they are brought up and different their lives will be. I also think the play also highlights the importance of families; especially fathers. We learn Edward has grown up in a safe, secure family; however his father is constantly away at work, so it is left to Mrs Lyons to look after Edward the majority of the time. Mickey’s life is also similar, in the way that he has never grown up with a father permanently there; even though he has had a kind, loving mother, who would do anything for her children. The absence of fathers allows Willy Russell to focus on motherhood, and how, no matter what happens, a mother will always be there for her
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