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Class difference in Blood Brothers Essay

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How does Willy Russell demonstrate class difference in Blood Brothers?

"Blood Brothers" was written by Willy Russell in 1985. A Liverpudlian
West Side Story: twin brothers are separated at birth because their mother cannot afford to keep them both. She gives one of them away to wealthy Mrs Lyons and they grow up as friends in ignorance of their blood relationship until the inevitable quarrel caused through 'class' differences leads to the tragic outcome. In this essay, I will examine how Willy Russell demonstrates class differences in his play 'Blood
Brothers.' I will be looking at the differences between Mrs Lyons and
Mrs Johnson. The differences between Eddie and Mickey as young children at the age of seven. The different…show more content…

Y' knew y' wouldn't be able to pay didn't y'?" Mrs Johnson has eight children and so there is little attention given. In the play there is a teenage pregnancy; Mickey and Linda follow the same pattern as Mrs
Johnson. She has few luxuries, and has no toys for her many children.
Mrs Johnson is, however, a good parent in her own way. She "love the brunes, every one of them."

Mrs Johnson and Mrs Lyons are two very different people, Mrs Johnson hasn't got much time to spend with her children, and because she is busy working- "I know it's hard on all you kids, but try and get some sleep. Next week ill be earnin'," Mrs Lyons on the other hand is over protective and likes Edward to stay with her. She lives in constant fear of Edward discovering the truth.

Class difference in "Blood Brothers" is also seen when Mickey and
Eddie meet for the first time aged seven. Their social differences are shown by their language, behaviour of characters and how they react to each other.

Eddie is nave he has a sheltered life and is carefree, happy "bright and forthcoming." He is well educated and has a 'posh' accent, "super fun, actually" Also he knows what a dictionary is. Eddie talks to
Mickey happily despite their differences and with confidence offers a sweet. Mickey on the other hand is bored, suspicious streetwise and he has learnt to

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Violence

Violence has a presence in the working class characters’ lives from a young age. When we first meet Mickey as a seven year old, he has a toy gun and he plays games involving imaginary guns with his friends and neighbours. The violence escalates as the play progresses, culminating in the tragic death of Mickey and Edward. Sammy, Mickey’s older brother, is a key character linked to this theme and he is connected in some way to most of the violent acts in the play. Violence reflects a lack of control; when characters start to lose power in some way, they become more violent.

The working class children are linked to violence from a young age

How does Russell show this?

When we see Mickey and his friends as young children, they play a variety of games that are all linked to guns and death.

Evidence

Analysis

At this point, the violence is only pretend and after being ‘killed’, the children can join the game again. However, the games foreshadow the later violence at the end of the play, and remind the audience of how present this is in the characters’ lives.

Sammy gets Mickey involved in an armed robbery

How does Russell show this?

Sammy persuades Mickey to be a lookout when he robs a garage, but the robbery goes wrong and Sammy shoots someone.

Evidence

Analysis

Sammy is able to persuade Mickey to get involved with this violent act because he has such little power over his life after losing his job. It is this event which leads to him going to prison and becoming depressed and then growing apart from Linda, which causes her to find comfort with Edward. Sammy involving Mickey in his plan is the catalyst for the tragic ending.

Mrs Lyons becomes violent towards Mrs Johnstone

How does Russell show this?

When Mrs Lyons realises that the Johnstones have also moved to the countryside (and Edward has been visiting them) she visits Mrs Johnstone to try to persuade her to leave.

Evidence

Analysis

Mrs Lyons becomes irrational and paranoid and accuses Mrs Johnstone of following her. She then lunges at Mrs Johnstone with a kitchen knife. This reflects how violence is linked to feelings of powerlessness and instability. Violence is a reaction by characters to their feelings of weakness and lack of control over what happens to them.

Mickey shoots Edward by accident

How does Russell show this?

When Mickey is full of fury at Edward and Linda’s betrayal, his first thought is to take a gun to find his ‘blood brother’.

Evidence

[Mickey waves at Edward with his gun hand. The gun explodes and blows Edward apart. Mickey turns to the police screaming the word “No”. They open fire and four guns explode, blowing Mickey away.]

Analysis

Mickey taking the gun and going to find Edward reflects how he has resorted to violence to fight his own lack of control, like Mrs Lyons. However, Mickey shooting Edward is accidental. This demonstrates how violence can take over the characters’ lives. The repetition of the word reflects the devastating impact that violence has on the play and characters.

QQuestion

How does Russell explore the theme of violence in Blood Brothers?

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  • Violence is present throughout the play, becoming more and more serious as the play develops. Sammy starts off playing with toy guns and pretend games like the other children, but moves on to threatening a bus conductor with a knife and then committing an armed robbery.
  • Mickey looks up to Sammy and is drawn into the violence as he gets more desperate due to his unemployment.
  • Characters become violent when they feel despairing or feel like they have lost control over their lives. This is clear through the characters of Mrs Lyons and Mickey in particular.

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