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"And do we blame superstition for what came to pass? Or could it be what we, the English, have came to know as class?" Which do you think is more responsible for the deaths of Mickey and Edward in Willy Russell's Blood Brothers.

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Sam Plackett "And do we blame superstition for what came to pass? Or could it be what we, the English, have came to know as class?" Which do you think is more responsible for the deaths of Mickey and Edward? Blood Brothers is a play set in Liverpool, Willy Russell wrote it in 1983. 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. Willy Russell grew up just outside Liverpool, he left school when he was only 15 to become a hairdresser, it was in his early twenties when he decided to go back to school and take his O levels. His plays were about everyday circumstances and his portrayal of life then. In this essay I intend to find out the reason for Mickey and Edward's deaths, whether it was superstition or class, I will evaluate both of the possible causes and how they are used within the play, then I will have to make a conclusion to which side of the argument proves to be the correct one. The main sources of superstition revolve around Mrs Johnstone because she is the character who believes that when certain things happen consequences will unfold due to this. ...read more.


Mrs Johnstone's family are working class, they are struggling financially as we can tell from the beginning when the milkman comes and refuses to deliver the milk because she has failed to pay for weeks, meanwhile the children are complaining that they are starving. Mr and Mrs Lyons are much richer than Mrs Johnstone, Mr Lyons is a businessman who works frequently they have everything they want except a baby. It is the differences in class that make us like Mrs Johnstone more than Mrs Lyons. The audience prefers Mrs Johnstone because they will have sympathy for her not being able to cope with seven children and her husband has left her so they will side with her more than Mrs Lyons. Later in the story we see that Mrs Johnstone's relationship with Edward is better than his with Mrs Lyons, this asks if the reason Mrs Lyons could never have children is because she was destined to be a bad mother. Willy Russell makes the working class look like better people compared to middle class, I think this because he came from a working class family and he may never have liked the middle class people that he met. There is an important part in the play when Mrs Lyons tells Edward to stay away from the lower class, she looks down upon Mickey and does not want Edward growing up like him. ...read more.


When they are young it does not matter to them that they are from different types of homes, it is their parents who are telling them to stay away from each other and to stick to their own kind as the policeman says. It is only when they grow older and they have more responsibilities that they become to realise how different they are from each other. Mickey's jealousy is what makes him want to kill Edward, if Edward did not have a job Mickey would not have had a reason to despise him, the same applies to if Mickey would have had a job then they would have been on equal terms and probably still being friends. In the play there are definitely some circumstances which are unlikely and would not normally happen. Willy Russell suggests that superstition is a possible option of explaining why they died but superstitions do not always come true and the one that kills Mickey and Edward allegedly is made up by Mrs Lyons and there is no evidence that this superstition has came true anywhere else. I think that Willy Russell asks whether superstition is responsible for their deaths because he does not want to say that class is the reason for their deaths because it would look like he is directly blaming people from being in different classes. Therefore class is the reason for their deaths as it drives apart their friendship because of their differences. ...read more.

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