Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

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Blood Brothers seems to have been set in the 1970s/80s around
Liverpool. There is a lot about striking and major redundancies in it.
Also about people moving "out of Liverpool" into the "country" (
Skelmersdale ), in order to provide better housing and better
prospects for everyone.

The social climate of the working class appears to highlight the
differences between working and middle classes.

The contrasts between the personalities and characters of Miss
Johnstone and Mrs. Lyons are clearly shown throughout the play but
these characteristics are mirrored within where each character
resides. There is a clear and distinct line between the two social
worlds is obvious as Miss Johnstone and Mrs. Lyons are shown to live
at opposite ends of the social scale, Mrs. Lyons in a respectable area
with everything money can buy, and Miss Johnstone in a rundown semi on
a council estate. This becomes even clearer when Mickey says “up in
the park” which seems to suggest that it is above the Johnstone’s
status and that it is attractive and open in comparison to the estate.

It also seems that neither parent wanted their children mixing with
each other and also seemingly, boys from a different social class.
Mrs. Lyons states “You see why I don’t want you mixing with boys like
that! You learn filth from them,” after Eddie swears at her. It seems
to confirm her stereotypical views about the nature of people who were
less well off than her, which obviously includes how she sees Mickey
to be.

There is also a clear difference in the language and vocabulary that
is used by both different sets of people. For example Eddie refers to
his mother as “my mummy” which seems to be a rather mummy’s boy thing
to say and a bit soppy and girly and also something a somewhat posh
child would say. In comparison Mickey, who lives in a rougher
environment, refers to his mother as “me mam” which is a rather
typical thing for someone living as a child in working class
Liverpool. He tends to be more colloquial and use more informal and
slangy language where as Eddie tends to abbreviate his words and
pronounce them all in the proper way. Mickey doesn’t enunciate the
ends of his word (for example he says “Yeh” instead of “Yes”) whereas
Eddie has a much more formal way of pronunciation.

Another big part of language which is used by both boys, eventually,
is the matter of swearing. When Edward meets Mickey he is very polite
and rather innocent but upon being introduced to Mickey he begins to

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take on his habits. Mickey swears most regularly whereas Edward does
not and Mickey even has to explain the meaning of one of his words to
him, which shows little Edward knew of it. As they spend more and more
time with each other Edward, inevitably, begins to swear just like
Mickey, who had affected him so.

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. 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.

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 turned Eddie into being rather shy.

Both children go to separate schools as well which each show a
distinct difference in social classes. For example Eddie attends a
private boarding school but Mickey goes to a state school.
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