• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Blood Brothers

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How does Willy Russell use the stage to show that growing up in different social classes affects two very similar people? Blood Brothers is set in 1950s Liverpool it is about a young mother called Mrs. Johnston of five children and twins on the way that get split up at birth, she was deserted by her husband and lives on the doll. She has seven hungry kids and can't afford to keep them 'with seven hungry mouths to feed' let alone another two on the way. She gets pressured, a single working-class mum who is sadly unable to give her children everything they need. With all this pressurizing demand Mrs. Johnston agrees to give up one of her twins to Mrs. Lyons her boss a middle-class lady, who can't have children of her own. The two boys grow up near each other, never knowing that they are twins, they slowly become friends. To make their friendship closer they decide to exchange blood becoming Blood Brothers. All through their lives Edward (middle-class) and Mickey (working-class) found it hard to stay friends as their mums wouldn't let them see each other. The boys both grow up separating there friendship and therefore each day seeing less and less of each other. Mickey Grows up and gets a job but looses it after a while. ...read more.

Middle

Russell has ensured that from the outset Mrs. Lyons' and Mrs. Johnstone's behavior, and the respect they show for other people, are noticeably different. Middle class Mrs. Lyons speaks to people in Standard English and shows respect for other people. When she asks 'Hello Mrs. J. How are you?' she is very polite to her cleaner, asking after her, but also being over familiar with her, shortening her name and being condescending about her superstitions and 'piles.' Her working class parallel, Mrs. Johnston, however, speaks to people with a lack of respect, using non-Standard English. She is disrespectful to most people she talks to, asking the tradesman rudely 'What are you doing here? The milk bill is not due till Thursday?' which reveals that she has no respect for anyone. The parents' behavior will, the audience understands influence the behavior of their children to demonstrate respect, or lack of respect, for people. As children, Sammy and Mickey are clearly influenced by their mother. 'Mother...will y' open the bleedin' door or what?' (Mickey) Mickey sits, bored, looking at the ants on the pavement (Stage directions describing Mickey playing on his own) I'm just thinkin'...you've not had much of a life with me, have y'?' (Mrs. J to Mickey) Edward is similarly influenced by his mother, he is brought up to have respect for people and speak using Standard English (although sometimes his language changes when he is around Mickey), 'Don't you know what a dictionary is? ...read more.

Conclusion

Johnston. We don't ever see the inside Mrs Johnstone's house but the outside shows that it's dirty with furniture being removed, it is also very small compared to the Lyons house as we learn in the song My Child, this use of props stresses the difference in social class. The props are also very different for each family: again, in My Child 'A bike with both wheels on?' reveals that Mrs Johnston is surprised because Edward is going to have what we would see as a normal childhood possession - revealing the extent of her poverty, this is influential because of her giving up Edward in the first place. The costumes and props that both classes use are effective because they both have props and costumes to match there class. All Social classes are different depending on the language, mannerisms, clothing, education, and behavior. This play shows that two very similar people can change and become very different from each other; they can grow up in the same area but live completely different lifestyles and have very different attitudes. Willy Russell uses 1950s Liverpool as a setting as there was an extreme difference between class and wealth, whether rich or poor you will always grow up in different lifestyles. Russell wanted to show how people from different social classes have different life experiences by showing two boys which are very similar and turn out to be the opposite of each other. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Blood Brothers section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Blood Brothers essays

  1. Blood Brothers- How does Russell display to his audience the ways that class affects ...

    While Eddie's out with Mickey and Linda, he does things he wouldn't normally do, which is due to the fact that he with them. He is not used to doing things that they do and is a bit scared to start with but Mickey and Linda tell him that they

  2. Explore how the theme of different social worlds is presented in "Blood Brothers" by ...

    in the policeman is shown how people react differently to others just as a result of what social class they belong to. The policeman shows how clear the segregation of the different classes actually is, and seems to embody the generic views of people belonging to each class and how they should be treated.

  1. Free essay

    What makes Blood Brothers an effective stage play?

    who plays on peoples fears such as superstition to her own use. She is making pathetic excuses to try and become rid of her so Mrs Johnston won't become too attached to her baby. The key word from this example is the word 'deteriorated'.

  2. In the story of 'Blood Brothers', I am going to introduce the situation between ...

    They way the policeman was treating Mrs Johnstone was very awful, for example: "He was about to commit a serious crime, love. Now, do you understand that? You don't wanna end up in court again, do y'? " "Well, that's what's gonna happen if I have nay trouble from one of yours.

  1. The German Job

    I don't really like going on holiday unless I'm with some friends, because I find life really boring without them and parents just pick the least entertaining things to do, I mean who wants to visit a mining museum. Boooooring.

  2. How might a director show how Mickey and Edward's relationship changes in Blood Brothers? ...

    The scene where Mickey loses his job could be to do with the Tories privatisation of businesses and high unemployment and voicing his opinions about it. The only thing that strikes me as strange is he managed to escape from the cycle of being working class at the start of

  1. Blood brothers - To What Extent Are Edward And Mickey Products Of Different Backgrounds

    Edward lived with no other children so two loving parents always focused the attention on him. Edward's dad worked away a lot and didn't seem to see Edward that much but this didn't seem to alter Edward's life As they grew up Mickey and Edward very bizarrely became friends which didn't suit either parents.

  2. Compare the Johnston family with the Lyons family and explain how Willy Russell shows ...

    With you it's always next week." Mrs. Johnston gets a job as a maid for Mrs. Lyons who is a middle class person with a big mansion for a house, however there is only two people living in it. We can tell that Mrs.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work