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 Lyons, and see

how her personality changes from act 1 scene 5 to act 5 scene 5 and

how this could be presented on stage.

In act 1 scene 5 the mother tells her employee of the situation she is

in, she tells her of the twins she is to conceive and that she could

not possibly afford another one. Mrs Lyons is a very rich woman and

could easily afford anything she desires yet the one thing she wants

and cannot have is a child of her own. When she hears of the mother’s

dilemma she suggests that she take in one of the boys to look after.

“If he grew up here, our son, he could have everything!”

At first the mother isn’t keen at all but Mrs Lyons being the very

persuasive woman she is, slowly changes the mind of the mother till

she agrees that it would be better if Mrs Lyons had one of the boys.

As Mrs Lyons has had no children of her own she does not quite

understand what she is asking of them mother and it is this which

gives her the pa...

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...s should be short and sharp and whilst she

speaks she should not look at the person she is talking but all around

her, she should wave her body about almost provocatively as this would

show her madness.

In conclusion I would say that Mrs Lyons has changed drastically from

act 1 scene 5 to act 5 scene 5. In act 1 scene 5 she could seem quite

normal maybe a little eccentric for thinking of the idea in the first

place but just a little desperate. Whereas in the later act 5 scene 5

she is genuinely crazy she has lost the plot and is thinking of just

one thing and nothing else how to keep the secret from Eddie. This

change is definitely down to her adopting Eddie, as the play goes on

and Eddie gets older Mrs Lyons becomes increasingly crazy, this is due

to her becoming increasingly worried that Eddie will find the truth.
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