GCSE English Text Guide - Blood Brothers includes Online Edition & Quizzes: ideal for the 2024 and 2025 exams (CGP GCSE English Text Guides)

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GCSE English Text Guide - Blood Brothers includes Online Edition & Quizzes: ideal for the 2024 and 2025 exams (CGP GCSE English Text Guides)

GCSE English Text Guide - Blood Brothers includes Online Edition & Quizzes: ideal for the 2024 and 2025 exams (CGP GCSE English Text Guides)

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In 1981 when Russell wrote the play, England was governed by a staunch Conservative government under Margaret Thatcher The 7 Rooms each have a specific Puzzle that has been adapted to suit the topic of this Escape Room and is suitable for secondary Students Seneca is the best online revision app. Research found that students get 2x better exam results with Seneca - and it's FREE 😲

Russell wrote his play just after an economic crisis in 1978 known as the Winter of Discontent, a period of time which led to increased crime and drug useMargaret Thatcher , Prime Minister at the time, famously said that hard work was the answer to success Whether you want to learn the context, a plot summary, the key quotes or the key themes, Seneca's got your revision covered for Blood Brothers. She is dissatisfied with what she has, complaining about the loneliness of her large house and resorting to deceit to achieve her desires Mrs Lyons represents a Conservative mother who is unable to deal with the few challenges she faces:

The narrator , acting as the Conservative public, asks the audience to judge Mrs Johnstone as a “heartless mother” for giving away her child Teacher instructions of how to set up the escape room and what to print and top tips and shortcuts. The children of the town sing songs about Mrs Lyons, calling her “the mad woman”, reflecting gender stigma associated with mental healthHer desperation has huge consequences for the children: two of her sons are arrested for violent crime, suggesting Russell’s criticism of the system Making summary notes is a good way to revise. Focus on making summary notes for one of the subject or topics you find hard to memorise. Mrs Johnstone refers to the glamour and beauty of her younger years, when she was like Marilyn Monroe and her husband would dance with her Mrs Lyons does not work and is supported by her husband: she is presented as isolated within her marriage: When Russell wrote the play in 1981, England had just experienced political instability which widened the social class divide:

Mr Lyons represents a Conservative father who is mostly absent from the home and leaves the parenting to the mother: The Conservative party reduced the power of trade unions (organisations that argued for better working conditions); this affected the manufacturing industry and, in turn, the working-class : She tells audiences she was abandoned by her husband and left with seven children to feed and raiseHowever, Russell presents her as a sympathetic character to challenge Conservative stereotypes about single mothers: Mrs Johnstone is an aspirational, loving and honest mother Mrs Johnstone, a struggling single mother of seven, finds out that she is pregnant with twins. Her employer, Mrs Lyons persuades Mrs Johnstone to give her one of the babies. Join our friendly Citizenship, Careers and Personal Development Form Teachers Facebook group, with 4000+ other teachers, for support, top tips and resource sharing. She insists on sheltering Eddie from the “rough boys”, isolating him from the working-class families to protect him from their negative influence Many Conservatives , like Mr and Mrs Lyons in the play, disagreed with this and judged any deviation from the nuclear family negatively

Marilyn Monroe, a famous Hollywood actress, was idolised for her beauty, but died young under tragic circumstances linked to drugs Blood Brothers bundle of resources great for teaching students engaging lessons. Could even be used for revision purposes or a treat. Answers included with every resource and activity. The resources come in editable format so you can amend and make changes if you wish.Take a break from your revision and do some physical exercises. It’s important to do activities that increase your heart rate so that your blood circulating faster. Russell criticises patriarchal attitudes to mental health through Mrs Lyons’s mental deterioration: Industrial cities, like Liverpool, where Russell grew up and where the play is set, were affected especially badly Getting a good night sleep improves your ability to remember things. Make sure to at least rest for 8 hours the day before your exam. Plan your revision wisely and get enough sleep the day before.



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