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Matt littlefair Essay On Blood Brothers Deadline - 06/03/06 Blood Brothers is a story of a pair of twins who are separated at birth. They are brought up in totally different ways and this is shown through the characters register, body language and reactions to each other. They story is told by various methods such as the use of an interventionist narrator and soliloquy in the form of songs by the characters. In this essay I intend to analyse various techniques and themes which help establish this play to the succesful status it has attained. The Play is written by Willie Russell. Willie Russell was born just outside Liverpool in Whiston, 1947. After leaving school with one English O-level, he then went on became a ladies hairdresser. In his spare time he would write comical songs but would never sing them in public until one night at his local pub, his friend put him up to sing, and for the first time sang a song he wrote about the 'Kirkby Estate' where he had his audience in 'gales of laughter'. 'Blood Brothers' is set at a crucial time in British history. ...read more.

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This highlights the difference in intelligence between them. Eddie knows what a dictionary is and also how to use it and Mickey doesn't know either. Eddie is also very polite to most people, especially Mickey's mum, and doesn't tend to do as many bad things as Mickey. 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. ...read more.

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At the beginning of the play Mickey is wearing a jumper too big for him with holes in it that is probably a hand me down. He is also wearing baggy long shorts that have a hole at the crotch. Willy Russell's intentions are to show the audience that Mickey is from a poorer class who cannot afford to have nice new clothes like Edward who is from the richer middle class. At the beginning Edward is wearing clean shoes, long socks pulled up to his knee. His jumper is well fitted and neat. When they get older Edward wears a university fashion scarf to show that he has had a high education. However Mickey wears a parker jacket that looks thin which shows that he needs warmth. In my opinion I think that Willy Russell's main intention was by the end of the play was to show the difference in social class. That no matter how similar you are, if you are brought up in separate classes you can be worlds apart. I also think that Willy Russell is trying to get a moral across that brothers and family are always meant to be together. That if they are separated they will always find each other because how close they are in blood relation and that they are never meant to be separated. ...read more.

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