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As the play goes on, it becomes more and more apparent that Willie Russell believes that nurture has a lot more to do with the outcome of someone that nature

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Blood Brothers As the play goes on, it becomes more and more apparent that Willie Russell believes that nurture has a lot more to do with the outcome of someone that nature. He presents this by splitting two twins at birth and tells of how they were brought up in very different ways, one in a rich and posh family, Eddie, and one in a big, poor family, Mickey. He does not go into any detail about how exactly they are brought up, however, it is quite clear that Eddie has been to a private school and has had a lot of attention in the first seven years of his life. On the other hand, Mickey appears to have not received much attention and would almost definitely have gone to a poor school. When they meet, the simple fact that they do not realise that they're twins, especially when they find out that their birthdays are on the same day, shows that their physical appearances must have been changed quite a lot by their parents and environment. ...read more.

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When they first meet the language differences are highlighted. Mickey: ....."because I'm pissed off". Eddie (awed) "Pissed off! You say smashing things, don't you?" Mickey says things like pissed off and he later says 'the F word'. He doesn't know what they mean but has probably heard them being said around the house or estate by older people who he wants to be like. Eddie obviously hasn't heard words like this before as he was brought up in a well-spoken family and environment and compared to Mickey has had very little taste of the outside world. He also says words like smashing which you would never hear Mickey say. He'd probably say something like great or any much simpler word and when he's older he would probably swear somewhere in the sentence. Their accent obviously isn't heard but it is extremely likely that Mickey has a broad Scouse accent whereas Eddie probably has a normal slightly posh accent. ...read more.

Conclusion

For example Mickey talked about how he dealt with policemen and Eddie appears to have never spoken to one, or at least respects them and the law a lot more. Later on in their lives, Eddie achieves a lot more financially that Mickey does. This is almost purely due to do with his family because he takes over the job from his dad. Mickey later finds out that the job that he has at the moment is only his because Eddie got it for him, otherwise he would probably be unemployed. However, Mickey is married and has lot more friends that Eddie. For example when they are talking in the factory: Eddie: ....."What's wrong?" Mickey: "Look it's ...... its the other lads .... They're looking". Here, Mickey doesn't want to be seen with Eddie because he's the boss and his friends don't like him talking to him. Generally, Willy Russell puts over his views about the nature/nurture debate very clearly. Mickey has a poor upbringing and becomes poor whereas Eddie has a good upbringing and becomes very successful. ...read more.

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