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Blood Brothers Coursework Part One Blood Brothers is set in the inner city of Liverpool. Liverpool at this particular time would have been quite a ruff, and where many single mothers and poor families lived. The docks were getting rundown and as a result there was less employment as jobs were not as plentiful as they had once been, and with growing unemployment there came other social problems. The play Blood Brothers is about two twin brothers separated at birth. There are five main characters in this play; Eddie and Mickey (the two twins) Mrs Johnstone (the birth mother) Mrs Lyons, and Linda. One of the twins (Eddie) is given away at birth to Mrs Lyons a rich lady whom Mrs Johnstone works for. Mrs Lyons is unable to bear a child and so is given one of the boys (Eddie). Mrs Johnstone gives her the child as she cannot afford to keep another child in her household. Throughout the play we see each of boys growing up and becoming very close friends. We see them both go through the hardships in life (mostly Mickey). ...read more.


However, when the policeman visits Mickey's house he places all of the blame on Mickey. He uses a much harsher language and tone as we see. The police officer calls Mickey a "troublemaker" and a "pain to society". The policeman stereotypes Mickey. This is because he comes from the rougher inner city of Liverpool. As a result of this they are automatically not given a chance in life. Russell uses this example to show us that even though Mickey is not a bad lad he has already been marked as a troublemaker. He also shows how difficult it is for people to overcome attitudes like this. Mickey attends a local school, and receives a very poor education. Mickey's school life is very disruptive. He is taught about 'tribes in the African jungle'. He gets very frustrated as he feels he does not need to know half the stuff his teachers tell him, and feels that his teachers are not really preparing him to get a job when he leaves school, this will affect him later in his life. Russell uses this example to let us know that sometimes education lets the Mickey's of this world down. ...read more.


He shows us how Mickey has become extremely depressed and how he's changed from the lively young kid at the beginning of the play. Russell also refers to guns a great deal e.g. when they were kids they would play games where they would shoot each other. Later on in the play he brings the gun into it again, this time it's being used in a real situation-the robbery Mickey takes part in. Russell mentions Marilyn Monroe who was a famous (if not most famous of cinema pin-ups). Her life was one of highs and lows. She suffered from depression and died of a drug overdose. (There is still uncertainty as to whether her death was an accident or suicide.) Again Russell uses her image to show the good and bad times in the play. The narrator appears throughout the play-often when things seem to be getting better. He suggests that, no matter what, it is as if fate is saying that there's no escape from the tragic end of the play. All of the factors Russell refer to help to show the good and bad times and help draw our attention to the various events that affect Mickey's life, in particular. Rachael McLuskie 11PC ...read more.

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