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Blood Brothers - In this assignment I will discuss how fate and superstition contribute to the final Tragedy. I will also consider other elements in the play, such as social class, education, poverty, and coincidence, which are highly significant to the s

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Madeline Kennedy Introduction In this assignment I will discuss how fate and superstition contribute to the final Tragedy. I will also consider other elements in the play, such as social class, education, poverty, and coincidence, which are highly significant to the story. GCSE Assignment: Blood Brothers In the play there are many references to the devil and the bogeyman, both figures representing evil and control. Most of the characters are strongly influenced by these; the "kids," who believe in the bogey man, and incorporate him into their games, "will he get me mummy?" and their mothers, who are influenced by the devil. The Narrator, who plays an integral part in the play, can be interpreted as the devil or bogeyman, following Mickey Eddie and Linda around and taunting their mothers, "Now you know the devils got your number" in this manner controlling the main characters and making the events (stated in the prologue) come to pass. The Narrator adapts the roles of many minor characters reinforcing the idea that the narrator is in control, because he is featured in all the significant turning points of the story, taking the parts of the milkman, gynaecologist, bus driver and the police man. ...read more.

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But inevitably, as they get older, Mickey is more directly affected by the poverty he lives with, and when Eddie moves on to university, a barrier develops between them, illustrating the contrasts between their lives and making their futures seem even more decided. Some characters are also affected by superstition, especially Mrs Jhonstone, who, although she denies, it is very superstitious "The shoes". This explains partly why she gives one of the twins away, because it is Mrs Lyon's manipulation that forces her, rather than fate or coincidence. "They say...they say that if either twin learns that he was once a pair they will both immediately die" It is only after this that fate, and coincidences seem to take control. This is ironic because it is only the made up superstition that eventually comes true; as Mrs Lyons is corrupted by it until she will do anything to keep the twins apart, even going so far as to tell Mickey about Eddie's affair with Linda, resulting in their deaths. ...read more.

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But these things can also be explained. In the earliest stages of the play, Mrs Lyons has a very strong desire to have a baby, and would do anything to get one, having failed to naturally conceive the child she wants so badly. This is a natural desire, and even though the method she uses to get one isn't regarded as an acceptable thing to do, it is understandable. She also tries to be a good parent, which shows in how possessive she is of her son, but she ends up shaping his downfall. Ironically losing him in her attempts to keep him close. In conclusion, I think that all the characters are partly responsible for the death of the twins, and this is what makes the play so powerful and emotional, because it relates to life, and there are so many things which didn't have to happen, and could have changed the out come. There are lots of things to suggest that fate is in control, but it is never stated directly, it is just left for the audience, so in the end, it is the way the individual interoperates the story, that decides what is in control. 1 ...read more.

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