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Examine how Willy Russell creates a play to show class differences in the play 'Blood Brothers'

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Examine how Willy Russell creates a play to show class differences in the play 'Blood Brothers'. Willy Russell creates a play to show us the class differences that existed in Liverpool in the 1980's. He does this by showing us the contrasting lives of the two boys and their mothers. Mrs Lyons has an easy life and Mrs Johnston has a hard life and has to work hard to earn a living. The same applies to the boys as Mickey has the hard life and Eddie has the easy life. Willy Russell also shows us that education, living conditions, housing and wealth can be affected as a direct result of your class and social background. This meant that the people from working class backgrounds had a harder life because they didn't have the same opportunities. During the 1980's a lot of people were made redundant because mills and factories closed down, reducing the number of jobs. First on stage is Mrs Johnston, the stage directions describe her as 'thirty, but looks sixty'. This tells us that the she looks withered and old because of all the strenuous work she has to do. Russell helps us to realise her desperate situation in many ways. One of the ways he does this is by telling us she has seven kids. ...read more.

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Mrs Johnston's character is established through her language. She speaks non-standard English and with a scouse accent. An example of this is when she says 'And cakes when I bring home the dough'. This shows us that she comes from a poor family and from a working class background. In contrast to Mrs Johnston Mrs Lyons speaks totally different. She speaks in Standard English and in Received Pronunciation. One example of this is 'And remove all further claim on the said child'. This shows that she is rich and educated as she is able to speak formally and in the official legal terminology. The children reflect this use of language. Mickey speaks in non-standard English and swears a lot. 'You're a dickhead'. This tells us that he has had a poor education and a poor upbringing. Edward speaks in Standard English and in a similar posh accent to his mother. He doesn't know how to swear. 'Fantastic, when I get home I'll look it up in the dictionary'. He says this because he doesn't know what the word means because his upbringing was in a different environment to Mickey. Also one example of him not being able to swear properly is 'You're a.....You're a fuckoff'. This shows that he is brought up well and doesn't have the same bad influences as Mickey because he is the only child. ...read more.

Conclusion

Poor people have to struggle and the rich people don't. The part that I liked best was when Eddie misuses a swearword. This is what he says 'You're a......You're a fuckoff'. Overall I understood the point Willy Russell was trying to make, that your class and education affect your life. I believe your class and education still make a difference to your life because it affects your job opportunities if you have a poor education. For example someone with an A* has a better chance then someone with a D of getting the job if they applied for the same job. If you go to a private school you have a better chance of passing because there are fewer students so the teacher can help you more because there is more time. In the end it depends on your class which determines whether you can go to a private school or not. If you're from a rich family you can got to a private school and you will have a much better chance of passing your exams. But if you're from a poor family then you will have to go to a government school and you will have less chance of passing. It also depends on your hard work and not the school you attend because if you are truanting and you go to a higher achieving school then you will still fail. ?? ?? ?? ?? Luckmaan Ali ...read more.

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