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Explore how the theme of different social worlds is presented in "Blood Brothers" by Willy Russell. What comments might Russell be making about his twins

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Explore how the theme of different social worlds is presented in "Blood Brothers" by Willy Russell. What comments might Russell be making about his twins You should write about * Mrs Johnstone and Mrs Lyons * Edward and Mickey * The Policeman * The Narrator This essay is about the play Blood Brothers by Willy Russell. I will be discussing the two main female characters in the play, Mrs Johnstone and Mrs Lyons and how they take part in the important events of the play. I am also going to look at other aspects, like their social statuses and how each receive different treatment altogether from others surrounding them. This will help me evaluate how Willy Russell has presented different social worlds to the audience, and how they are seen. Also I am going to be seeing how Willy Russell's background could possibly affect his views. Blood Brothers is the tale of two twin brothers who are secretly separated at birth and are forced to live very different lives apart from each other. Upon growing up these two brothers, upon chance, meet each other and strike up a friendship together, while all along being totally ignorant to their fraternity. This can only end in tragedy, as this terrible secret being kept from them cannot stay hidden for ever, so in the end both brothers end up dying together in an inevitable blood bath, upon finding out about the hidden secret. Because the play appears to have been set in the 1970's/ 1980's, around Liverpool, there is a lot about striking and major redundancies in it. Also, about people moving out of the city to the country (i.e. Skelmersdale), for a better life and good job prospects. This kind of situation seems to emulate what happened to the director Willy Russell during his childhood, as he too moved from the very much industrialised area around Liverpool. ...read more.


As they spend more and more time with each other Edward, inevitably, begins to swear just like Mickey, who had affected him so. As well as Mickey having to teach Eddie some of the words he knows, Eddie on the other hand has to tell Mickey what a dictionary is. EDWARD: "When I get home I'll look it up in the dictionary". MICKEY: "In the what?" This shows how unrehearsed Mickey is in actually knowing about educational things, even something as simple as a dictionary. He doesn't even know what it is and hasn't seemed to have heard of one. This is probably owing to his working class upbringing where a dictionary is such an obsolete thing in their lives that no use could come of one if introduced to them, even if they knew what it was. Another thing which highlights the differences in social worlds is that when both Mickey and Edward have their first meeting, Edwards seems more than happy to share his sweets with Mickey, who seems very surprised at this act of generosity. "Round here if y'ask for a sweet, y'have to ask about, about twenty million times." This is because Edward is used to having sweets regularly as he is rich enough to afford such a commodity. But on the other hand, Mickey sees sweets as being a rare treat and something to be coveted and guarded closely and is obviously very surprised at being offered a sweet let alone given a handful of them. In recreation both children have different ways of entertainment. For example, Mickey and his siblings are forced to create their own games using their creative imaginations to keep themselves occupied due to the distinct lack of any physical aids or toys to entertain themselves. In comparison to Eddie, who has various toys and books etc. to use in his own entertainment and enjoyment, but these don't require any imagination and it seems that the absence of having anyone to share his enjoyment with ...read more.


Also when Mickey is made redundant form his factory job he is left with no work as a result of the recent recession and is jobless. This decision is made by Mr Lyons, the big man of the factory, and member of the upper class. But for some reason he, one man isn't the one who is laid off but instead 20 ordinary workers lose their jobs so as he can keep his. This is an obvious show of how different social classes are treated very differently and how the treatment of someone can be blamed on where they come from. Russell effectively dramatizes this depiction by exaggerating working class suffering by having Mickey fired while, simultaneously being fired. He uses the narrator to juxtapose the articulated problem (fate) with the seen problem (class) by making him ask the question of whether it was class or superstition at the end. This poses the audience to think on what they thought the cause was. Russell's background has very much to do with his views expressed in and throughout the play. He obviously doesn't like the kind of factory working way of life designated to his class. The life designated to "factory fodder" as he was at school. And how he was forced to struggle free from the cruel industrial system that he had been born into and society's expectations, through hard work which he shouldn't of had to do just because he was of a working class background. He From this play it seems that Russell had intended to discuss class divisions through language, music and imagery to give it a more light-hearted feel to it. He also was making comments on the Recession of the 1980s and also an outcry against Thatcherism. Though, traditionally, comedies do not end in death, Russell blends both comedy and tragedy successfully. ?? ?? ?? ?? GCSE English Coursework February 7th, 2005 Jordan Wain 10PMM ...read more.

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