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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.


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.


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.

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