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Blood Brothers Nature vs Nurture I.S

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Transcript of Blood Brothers Nature vs Nurture I.S

MRS JOHNSTONE
Linda
Nature vs Nurture
Mickey
Mrs Johnstone's motherly love and affection is evident in her treatment of Mickey. She shows her humorous side, joking with him that
Throughout the play, Mrs Johnstone takes Linda under her wing regarding first her friendship, then her marriage to Mickey. Linda calls her ‘mam’, portraying Mrs. Johnstone as a welcoming and caring woman. Mrs Johnstone recognizes conflict in Linda and is able to empathize with her with regards to her own experiences of betrayal and heartache.
Mrs Lyons
By the end of the play we are able to capture a full sense of Mrs. Johnstone's honesty relating to the secret.
In Act One, she feels inferior to Mrs Lyons, and seems to be afraid of her. However, when they meet again in Act Two, she is a lot more comfortable and confident.
NATURE VS NURTURE
Mrs Johnstone is the mother of Mickey and Edward. At the beginning of the play, she makes the decision to give one of them (Edward) away. Her life has been plagued by debt and social inequality.
How does she interact with....
Mrs Johnstone starts out as quite intimidated by Mrs Lyons, her posh house and evident education. She is bullied and
put under pressure by Mrs Lyons to give away one of her twins. However, later in the play, we see that she has achieved a peace of mind which Mrs Lyons is struggling to reach.
“I’ve made a life out here. It's not much of one maybe, but I made it”.
“Well, you’ll miss Linda, she’ll be waitin’ for y’"
She understands the mind of a teenage boy. It is evident that Mickey brings out a fun and contented side to Mrs. Johnstone, and she appreciates Mickeys company.
Edward
It is immediately evident that Mrs Johnstone
reconises Eddie when she sees him aged seven. She is stunned, and worried about Mrs Lyon's reaction if she were to find out.
“Does your mother know that you're down here?”
However, when she meets Eddie aged fourteen, she is a lot more relaxed about his presence, and seems to accept that it was inevitable they would meet again.
Mrs Johnstone is a very nurturing, motherly character who cares deeply for her children.
When Eddie and Mickey meet, it is as if they have figured each other out. Mrs J taint's her own nurturing character as she snapped at Eddie when she told him to
"Beat it, go home before the
bogey man gets y'"
Mrs Johnstone and Nature vs. Nurture
The theme of nature vs nurture is evident throughout the play Blood Brothers, by Willy Russell. It encompasses the debate of whether a person’s life is determined by their genetics (nature) or the environment in which they grew up (nurture)
What is Nature vs. Nurture?
On a number of occasions throughout the play, we see hints of Eddie’s lower class roots coming through, for example when he asks Mrs Lyons about the ‘bogey man’, revealing that he had inherited the superstitious trait that Mrs Johnstone and many other people of the same class possessed.

He told his professor to
"take a flying fuck at a
rolling
doughnut"
The reluctance to give both the teacher and Mrs Lyons the locket, which was given to him by Mrs Johnstone, is a key indication that he is naturally drawn to the Johnstone family by an almost Animalistic instinct. Regardless of who he was brought up by, he has an innate sense of who his real family is, whether he is aware of it or not.
At the time when Blood Brothers was written, Margaret Thatcher’s conservative government was insisting that success was the result of hard work, and anyone who put in enough effort could become successful. However, Russell contradicts this point in the play, with the lives of Mickey and Eddie.

What would have happened if fate had intervened?
A choice, a single decision determined the boys' futures.
UPPER
LOWER
Mickey could just as easily have been chosen. There was an equal chance that he would be selected.
Eddie was the Chosen One.
What if Mickey had been selected rather than Eddie?
His life would have been so much better.
‘I could have been him.’
Here, we are presented with nature dominating nurture.
Act 2 Page 51
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