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'Blood brothers' - Study the contrasts that Willy Russell sets up in the musical and write about different life styles and life chances that Eddie and Mickey have.

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"Blood Brothers' is a play that could be played like a tennis match with every scene showing first the working class situation and then the middle class side of it. The only way I allowed myself to do that was in the scene,if I only did it once, it would be very effective" Willy Russell study the contrasts that Willy Russell sets up in the musical and write about different life styles and life chances that Eddie and Mickey have. The play 'Blood Brothers' was written by Willy Russell who really show the contrast between class in this play. The main difference in this play is class because right from the start to the end the class effects the two boys in every way. This class difference is shown by the way that their parents treat them, the contrast in the language that they use, where and how they live, compare their education, compare the way police treat them, compare the work that they do, and also contrasts in the power they have. All of these are main parts of the play the effect of class is contrasting all through their lives, like Eddie and Mickey have been separated at birth, one to a wealthy family and one has gone to a working class struggling family. ...read more.


"They still don't bleeding give you one." And Eddie is like "you say some smashing things don't you" Like posh language. Another example of Mickey is "I might do. But I'm not playing now because I'm pissed off." This is a stereotypical scenario created by Willy that working class people are more likely to swear and use slang. The area that both Eddie and Mickey live in also contrasts the difference of class. We could imagine Mickey's house is all messy and dirty because Mrs. Johnston has too many children and she would only have enough time to do the cooking and there would be a lot for her to do seeing as she would be only one doing it. We assume that Eddies house is more nicer than Mickey's house because of their class that's how Willy Russell builds up a picture in our mind of how Mickey and Eddies house looks like. Eddies house is portrayed like a rich person's house, all nice and tidy no dishes to wash, no dust, no toys lying around on the floor. This is also shown because Mrs. ...read more.


Class has effected this hugely because if Eddie had stayed with Mrs. Johnston he would have probably ended up making boxes as well but he didn't and just because he went to a wealthy family he became a better success then his brother-Mickey. "Eddie thanks! Eddie we've been trying to get a house for five years and you fix it up in five minutes." This also shows the power of Eddie and Mickey. Eddie can do anything he pleases but cannot get the one thing that he wants ...Linda. This is because of class and this is the only bad thing for Eddie but it means the world to him. "Linda my loins are burning for you... let me lay my weary hand upon your warm breast: Linda I love you, I want you, the very center of my being calls out for you." This shows how much he likes Linda. He now likes her more than ever before. I Conclude that Willy Russell makes a huge impact on the way that class effects everyone in those days. He also showed how the working class people are more down to earth, they live in the real world. I think that Willy has expressed what he was trying to put across in a good way. He has showed it in great depth. ...read more.

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