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Blood brothers by Willy Russell Analyse how Russell presents the brothers first meeting act one p22-27 what does the meeting reveal about the social and historical context of the play and how does it prepare us for the rest of the play. Willy Russell is the author of the play 'Blood Brothers'. 'Blood Brother' is set in Liverpool which influences the storyline of the character Mickey's family live in a rough area of Liverpool then go on to move away from there house and go to live near his brothers family Edward. The setting of the play influence the way Mickey speak he has a Liverpudlian accent. Edward doesn't have a Liverpudlian accent. The play was first performed in Liverpool. 'Blood Brothers' is about two twin brothers who are separated at birth because of their mother not being able to keep both of them. The audience know from the prologue that they are brothers and have been separated at birth and the die when they are told they are brothers. The stage direction in the boys' first meeting shows the difference in personality of the boy's Mickey is described as 'bored and petulant' which shows that he doesn't get that much attention because he has a big family, which also link with the stereotype of working class people having lots of children and Edward is described as 'bright and fourth coming' he gets a lot of attention because he's an only child. ...read more.


The boy's don't know anything about class but Sammy does we know this because Sammy refers to Edward as a "friggin poshy". Mickey say's Sammy has a plate in his head Mickey and Edward think that he seriously has got a plate in his head. Edward say's a dinner plate suggesting that Mickey has a big head. Edward also say's mam which is slang which shows he's a lower class. The effect of this is that Edward is well educated, but they both find it funny even though Mickey doesn't understand what a side plate is. Edward say's a side plate Mickey doesn't know what a side plate is but Edward does because he's posh he also say's smashing things which shows he's posh as well. Mickey says d' they call y' Eddie but because he is middle class and doesn't have a nickname. Mickey pretends that he isn't scared even though he is and say's it hurts y know. When Mickey says "I will always defend my brother" shows that Mickey is leading him by telling him what to say and then later on in the play Edward leads Mickey. Sammy has a gun in his hand when he is asking Mickey for a sweet I think he uses guns when he wants something, which links to the bank robbery because he uses his gun to get money. When Mickey says to Sammy he hasn't got any sweet but Edward is honest and says Mickey has got one for Sammy which shows he is from a high ...read more.


This is shown by Mickey and Edward. Mickey lives a hard life with his family not having much money for Mrs Johnstone to look after her children. Mickey didn't have a good childhood. Mickey takes advantage of Edward getting things what he wants such as when Edward has sweet in the stage direction says "he takes a handful of sweets". Edward lived an easy life his family are wealthy and have a nice house in a good area. Edward gets everything he wants; He has a good education good life when growing up and has a great childhood. The effect that Russell shows in presenting the brothers this way is showing how different the brothers are. How there is a big change in the brothers being different classes this is shown by there language I known this because Edward uses words like smashing, super fun and fantastic. Mickey uses slang he say mam and say y' rather than you. Mickey uses swear words I known this because he says I'm not playin' now 'cos I'm pissed off which show he a lower class than Edward. And the way they act also show the change in class Mickey is use to playin tricks on each other I known this because Mickey say 'cos, if our Sammy gives y' a sweet he's usually weed on it first. In my opinion Russell was successful in showing the different class the way he presents the brother in the there first meeting shows the brothers two different in everyway possible he shows there classes though language, the way they act, there families and there way they are educated. ...read more.

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