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Who/What is to blame for the deaths of Mickey Johnstone & Edward Lyons? Blood brothers is a musical about two young boys called Mickey and Eddie. The story tells the harsh lives of the two boys, their upbringing, childhood, teenage years and final day. Blood Brothers is a tragedy, so the audience must be aware that some characters are going to have to die! The play was written in 1980 by the author Willy Russel.The play very accurately comments on the social, political and economical themes of the era and the play is directly related to some of the scenarios, as the author grew up during the great depression and the musical is mirrored to this as it is set in Liverpool during this time era in a contrasting area, the Rich and poor meet, innocence and experience battle and friendship is tested to the very limits. The play shows contrast and similarity, it shows class, society (and its failures), fate, Superstition, Childhood and adult hood (and it's harsh, sometimes destructive ways) And the very clear transition between the two, it shows friendship and family secrets and contrast of love and hate, violence and peace and of course the last theme guns and death. The context of the play is during the depression, a time where the 1st female prime minister is dividing the country in two. ...read more.


gave into giving her child away, she was so close to her children, but some fear and a manipulative old women made her give up her own flesh and blood, her own child. But was it just Mrs Lyons, well I do not think so, I think she just helped, I think I was mainly Mrs. Johnstone As she was obsessed with buying items from a catalogue, she even bought so much that she was "living on the never never" (p15) it was a conscious decision of Money vs. Family, a normally tough decision but somehow she made it seem so easy, maybe a little too easy. She was completely in debt and all because she could not stop buying and couldn't control herself and her control problem did not stop there. She found it hard to control her kids as in page 9 she say "I'm incapable of controlling the kids". Her complete lack of control led to 1/2 of her twin being given away for a few measly pounds. Her lack of control led to Edward growing up different to Mickey, in a different class, in a different way, he may have been brought up to a better standard. This class Edward was brought up in made him seem better then Mickey. Mickey wanted this well brought up class and through the lack of control and giving away of a child, Mickey shot Eddie because he was jealous, his mother had not ...read more.


Two very powerful foreshadowing phrases. This recurring theme courses all the way through the book right up until the end when the narrator say "and maybe if you kept your fingers crossed, it would have all been a game and nobody would have lost." But now all the final points have been weighed up and evaluated, the task is to decide on what killed the two brothers. There are many suspected murderers: some more obvious then others, but the biggest and therefore the killers are fate and Mrs.Johnstone. All the others are rash decisions based on weak evidence, but Mrs.Johnstone is not, she made the deliberate decision to put money and debt over family and her own child, she had a conscious decision to make and went with the easy option. This is why she is 1/2 of what killed the brothers. The other is fate, now you may ask why fate and not superstition, it is because fate is the journey of life, no matter what you do, fate will always draw you closer, and after all fate is on deaths side: it will eventually burry you. Whereas superstition only makes short changes in your life "walking on pavement cracks" (p8) that theory can not really be blamed, that theory could not really change your life, it's just superstition, the fear of doing certain things, it could not be blamed whereas fate starts from the moment you are born. So fate and Mrs.Johnstone are the killers are they are based on hard facts and calculated decisions. ...read more.

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