• 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

Jade Brindley 10 T 'Blood Brothers' is a play set in Liverpool in the 1970's. The reasoning for setting it in this place and era is because of the diversity between rich and poor were extremely evident, for example the amount of redundancies that were occurring in factories, thus Mickey loosing his job. Mickey is one of the two main characters in the play. He is twin brother to Edward, both of whom are unaware of the fact they are siblings. Mrs Johnston is mother of both the boys but due to circumstances of debt and space, she is left with the option of giving one away to Mrs Lyons, her boss who is unable to conceive. In desperation for one to have a good life, Edward is taken and brought up as Mrs Lyons own. Edward is from a wealthy background, where as Mickey is from a poorer upbringing. They meet by chance as young children, when Edward offers sweets. Children possess innocence and the ignorance with issues such as money and superiority. However Mickey and Edward soon grow up together and through these years the differences become drastically evident. Edward goes off to university and his life consists of parties and new friends, whilst Mickeys wife, Linda becomes pregnant and he is made redundant. ...read more.

Middle

She sees Edward as having everything, money, parties, education, power, this in turn creates the illusion of perfection that Linda is immediately drawn to as a form of fantasy escapism from the bad aspects of her life. Ironically however, although Edward appears 'to have everything' the one thing he desperately wants more than anything is Linda, the one thing he can't have. Edward portrays the image of a knight, coming to rescue her from her poor life, enhancing her fantasy. As an attempt to convince herself of a false love she says 'Iv always loved you...in a way' This pause creates a feeling of doubt and proves that what she is saying is not entirely genuine. She does love Edward, but she is not in love with him. She has always been Mickeys ever since she can remember and this is why she is tempted as she feels she is stuck in a lost rut, but like it is said early in the book, Linda and Mickey are the same this is part of what bonds them. Linda feels inferior to Edward and does not feel good enough for him, due to her upbringing and money situation. As Edward proposes, he grasps her waste, trying to gain intimacy, but the possibility of the high life soon vanishes as she realises it is not going to happen. ...read more.

Conclusion

The narrator is dressed smartly to portray intelligence. He is dressed in black so that he appears subtle. By the white shirt and black jacket it represents a strong contrast. This is symbolic of the many contrasts in the play, right and wrong, rich and poor and the main contrast, Mickey and Edward, although they are both together. The narrator has been subtle yet dominant through the extract, now appears and speaks as the narrator. He tells the audience that 'No-ones getting off without the price being paid' He steps closer to the audience to gain more impact. If lighting was used, it would be effective to have the narrator in the spotlight for added impact and the brothers in a dimmer spotlight as the audience can focus on what the narrator is saying and it can show who he is talking about. Whilst he talks, he talks in a toneless manner, which makes it more sinister, whilst he tells the prediction of what is ahead. The audience is cautious and apprehensible due to the for-telling. The narrator has said riddles like this throughout the play as a warning for the audience, and with both things for the brothers going wrong it becomes clearer that the climax is closer. ...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. In 'Blood Brothers' we discussed how the narrator affects the play and how the ...

    What I have learnt about the class differences between the twins I have learnt that Edward's class is most probably upper class; either this or they are very rich middle class people. I have learnt that Mrs and Mr Lyons have a highly etiquette way of living, for example they

  2. What is a hero? In this essay I will be discussing three short stories ...

    Gregory himself soon follows the dog - proving that even though he has been shunned compared to his older brother, Gregory is there for him in his hour of need. The narrator shows the first real affection towards Gregory that we have seen so far, and falls upon him, clinging to him for dear life.

  1. Blood Brothers - The Narrator

    I can understand now why people see him as a figure of doom; it was because of his words. But these words were his only way of making the two women pay for what they had done, and underneath it all I can see a person who is filled with

  2. Free essay

    What makes Blood Brothers an effective stage play?

    Mrs Lyons was cruel and nasty to Mrs Johnston and broke a promise she made with her. We sympathize with Mrs Johnston and grow to understand that despite her background and lack of money she is the better parent. This challenges any assumptions that suggest wealth would afford a better, more fortunate upbringing.

  1. Compare the structure and setting Of the two short stories 'The Half Brothers' By ...

    We are worried when it is described by Sandra as a place that is 'nasty, creepy'. The fact that at the time we never get the full story about this place, just adds more unease. With this mixture of fear and calmness, we are at this stage constantly on the edge of our seats.

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

    The director needs to show Edward being forthcoming and completely na�ve; Edward needs to be very trusting, instead of standing back or being in a relaxed position he should be very close to Mickey and leaning in excitedly because doesn't feel threatened but only because he never has done.

  1. 'Street Scene' was written by Elmer Rice and exploits the values of a Catholic ...

    weeks 'til my mother's funeral and my Daddy's sentence passed 'til I decided to do something. Daddy got life. I knew he wouldn't get off lightly, murderers never do. He couldn't hack it either. They found him three days later in his jail cell dangling from the ceiling.

  2. Blood brothers - The response phase.

    He didn't notice Linda in a girlfriend perspective. Mickey showed this through using his physicality throughout the improvisation. He pushed her as though she was the same as any male, he joked with her, and tripped her up, as he saw no difference between Linda and a boy.

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