• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9
  10. 10
  11. 11
  12. 12
  13. 13
  14. 14
  15. 15

In this assignment I will explain why the main characters in w***y Russell's "Blood Brothers" are portrayed as victims. In doing this themes such as superstition will be explained. The song themes will be incorporated throughout the assignment.

Extracts from this document...


Blood Brothers In this assignment I will explain why the main characters in w***y Russell's "Blood Brothers" are portrayed as victims. In doing this themes such as superstition will be explained. The song themes will be incorporated throughout the assignment. Mickey is undoubted as one of the main characters in the play and is a major victim in the play that can be put down to some of the following causes. He has a twin that he doesn't know about all through his life until a few seconds before he dies, when he dies he also shoots his twin Edward this could be put down to his mother telling him the truth about Edward and Mickey being twins. He could be portrayed as a victim because of his upbringing in a lower class household in which he had almost know chance of educational success. Mickey is almost peer preshed into a robbery as he had no money in which to treat his girl Linda to a night out of some cloughs, this was because he was unemployed and unable to provide such things, according to the play this was a sign of the economic depression in the country at that time demonstrated in the song "it's just a sign of the times miss Jones". When Mickey douse this he gets caught and sent to prison for 7 years, in the mean time Linda has an affair with Edward meaning Mickey was not only a victim of trying to be nice to his girl and failing but to Linda's disloyalty as well. While in prison he becomes dependant on anti-depressant pills, this makes him a victim because he is dependant on something else and cannot function properly without them. Edward is another character who plays a major part in the play and is a major victim that can be put down to the following causes. ...read more.


Crooks again chides them: "You guys is just kiddin' yourself" (83). But Candy and Lennie stubbornly assert that they have the money and that they're actually going to get a place. Crooks finally becomes convinced and, allured by the reality of the dream, asks for a share in it: "If you . . . . guys would want a hand to work for nothing-just his keep, why I'd come an' lend a hand" (84). Suddenly Curley's wife comes to the door, looking for Curley. Steinbeck has now assembled for us the outsiders of his cast of characters-the old cripple, the n***o, the idiot, and the woman-all of them gathered in Crooks' room while the men are out of town. Crooks and Candy act coldly toward her while Lennie stares, fascinated. Curley's wife knows that the others, including her husband, have gone to the brothel, and grows angry at the treatment she receives from the three remaining men. She indignantly confesses to being lonely up in the house all the time and to not liking Curley's company: "Spends all his time sayin' what he's gonna do to the guys he don't like, and he don't like nobody" (85). She asks what really happened to Curley's hand and when Candy stubbornly tells her that he got it caught in a machine, she grows angry again. Candy defends the three against her contempt and triumphantly announces that they are going to have a house of their own. Curley's wife scoffs at Candy's indignation and doubts what he says: "If you had two bits in the worl', why you'd be in gettin' two shots of corn with it and suckin' the bottom of the glass" (87). Candy controls his temper and orders Curley's wife to leave, telling her that she's not wanted. Before she leaves she notices the bruises on Lennie's face and realizes what really happened to Curley's hand. ...read more.


And indeed, the reader becomes curious as to their friendship as well. And can we call it friendship? Lennie would call George a friend, but George would perhaps be hard-pressed to admit the same of Lennie. As he tells Slim, he has simply become so used to having Lennie around that he "can't get rid of him" (45). Despite his annoyance, George also demonstrates protectiveness, patience, and pride when it comes to Lennie. He is perhaps motivated to stay with Lennie by a sense of guilt, or responsibility, or pity, or a desire to not be alone himself. Most likely it is a combination of all of these motivations. Yet it seems strange that George would choose to remain with Lennie, given the danger that Lennie causes for the both of them. George is not blind to the fact that life would be easier without Lennie, and he often yearns for independence when Lennie becomes troublesome, creating a major source of tension in the novel. This tension is not resolved until the final gunshot by the riverside, when the strain of Lennie's company makes it impossible for George to survive with his companion. By killing Lennie, George eliminates a monumental burden and a threat to his own life (Lennie, of course, never threatened George directly, but his actions endangered the life of George, who took responsibility for him). The tragedy is that George, in effect, is forced to shoot both his companion, who made him different from the other lonely workers, as well as his own dream and admit that it has gone hopelessly awry. His new burden is now hopelessness and loneliness, the life of the homeless ranch worker. Slim's comfort at the end ("You hadda George" (118)) indicates the sad truth that one has to surrender one's dreams in order to survive, not the easiest thing to do in America, the Land of Promise. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE John Steinbeck section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE John Steinbeck essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    How does Steinbeck present the characters of George and Lennie, and their relationship, in ...

    4 star(s)

    "God, you're a lot of trouble. I could get along so easy and so nice if I didn't have you on my tail. I could live so easy and maybe have a girl." These words, or words to this effect, are continuously repeated all the way through the book.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Relationship between George and Lennie in Of Mice of Men

    4 star(s)

    George and Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and this dream, this dream is a crucial part of their life. Lennie believes in this dream and brings it up many times throughout the story. Referring back to the point, if Lennie does something he knows which is

  1. Marked by a teacher

    How does Stainbeck use the characters Curley's wife and crooks to explore at least ...

    4 star(s)

    Curley's wife gets extremely lonely. Steinbeck doesn't give her a name, which makes her seem more isolated and lonely. Her appearance leads the men on the ranch to have nasty opinions of her, which again reflects on the pathetic elements of her character.

  2. "Hopes and Dreams Help People to Survive, Even if they can Never Become Real"How ...

    The dream is also beneficial to Lennie because it allows him to die peacefully. Not only are his final thoughts about tending the rabbits and living happily ever after but he is also spared imprisonment or hanging by George's devotion to the dream and hence Lennie.

  1. How far do you agree that the death of Lennie is inevitable?

    Lennie is very affectionate towards petting soft things and enjoys having fun with it. The first, being Lennie's nature. Lennie is an incredibly strong man, however, he seems to be a 'child trapped in mans body'. This is because he is constantly petting, and stocking things that only a child

  2. With reference to how Steinbeck presents Lennie show how far you agree that Lennie ...

    Elsewhere in the novel Lennie?s dialogue emphasises his innocence. He tells George that he, ?didn?t want no trouble,? which backs up my previous assertions that Lennie never intended to harm anyone. Lennie also laments that, ?I done a bad thing.

  1. Why is Lennie responsible for his own actions in "Of Mice And Men"?

    within the setting of the novel using a cyclical structure painting a repeated theme of loss and death throughout the novel. We know from an early stage in the book that Lennie accidentally kills all of his little pets that he loved including his mice, dogs , kittens etc but

  2. How does Steinbeck represent the characters of George and Lennie in Of Mice and ...

    The use of the word ?paw? suggests that he is more like an animal than a man. He clearly loves animals and collects pet mice, but always ends up killing them with his great strength. This also shows his dependency on George, who is almost like a parent.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work