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What was Willy Russell's intention by the end of the play?

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'Blood Brothers' The stage production of 'Blood Brothers' helps to emphasise the social difference between Mickey and Edward. There are two main sets used, one for Mrs. Johnstone's house and street and one which is the inside of Mrs. Lyons house. Mrs. Johnstone's house is a poorer set; there are smashed windows and graffiti written on the walls. The houses are small close together terrace houses built out of red brick. There is lack of colour in this set Willy Russell is trying to show the gloominess, coldness and poverty of their area with this set. Whereas, Mrs. Lyons house is colourful and bright. There is a bookshelf which shows that they are privileged enough to have books and that this family is refined and educated. There is a carpet that is rolled out every time that the Lyons house is on stage. This shows comfort, softness and warmth as does the fireplace in the Lyons house. This is a contrast between the Johnstons house where they have broken windows which shows coolness and discomfort. ...read more.


When this song comes on it is to show the poverty of the Johnstons. The song that I remember the most is the game when Mickey, Sammy and their friends are all children and they are shooting each other. The words of the song are very childish and it's just a game. However when they become older this game becomes reality and a lot more serious and it's not so simple as to 'just cross your fingers and count from one to ten to get off the ground again'. The songs that Mrs. Johnstone sing create sympathy and unity from and with the audience because singing about her poverty and her sons dying. Through the songs, Willy Russell firmly establishes the poor social background. Sean Jones plays Mickey's character. I think Sean Jones was chosen well for Mickey's part because he looks scruffy, scrawny and wiry. He looks undernourished. He played his part well as acting as a child, he put a lot of enthusiasm into it which made it a lot more believable and amusing. ...read more.


He is also wearing baggy long shorts that have a hole at the crotch. Willy Russell's intentions are to show the audience that Mickey is from a poorer class who cannot afford to have nice new clothes like Edward who is from the richer middle class. At the beginning Edward is wearing clean shoes, long socks pulled up to his knee. His jumper is well fitted and neat. When they get older Edward wears a university fashion scarf to show that he has had a high education. However Mickey wears a parker jacket that looks thin which shows that he needs warmth. I think that Willy Russell's intention by the end of the play was to show the difference in social class. That no matter how similar you are, if you are brought up in separate classes you can be worlds apart. I also think that Willy Russell is trying to get a moral across that brothers and family are always meant to be together. That if they are separated they will always find each other because how close they are in blood relation and that they are never meant to be separated. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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