The Deaths in Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

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The Deaths in Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

Willy Russell was inspired to write the play Blood Brothers when he
looked at his own life. He takes the starting point as twins at birth
to write the play. I feel that the twins actually represent the two
life styles he had during his life. When he was young his life wasn't
that luxurious, he was known as a failure at school; I think this
represents Mickey. Although he was a failure he had one passion,
writing, he went to college and became a famous play writer. He got a
lot of money and he became rich. I think that this part of his life
represented Eddie.

The play starts as The Mother has twins, as she cannot handle it she
gives one of her babies to Mrs. Lyons her employer. Mrs. Lyons is
worried that The Mother may go back on the deal, she makes up a
superstition that if the two brothers find they have both been
separated at birth they will both automatically die. They live their
certain ways, but they become friends and make a blood brother pact "I
will always defend my brother." They are not always the best of
friends as they meet Linda, who Mickey marries but gets very jealous
as she hangs around with Eddie. This leads into hatred on Mickey's
side and leads to him threatening to kill him. But who is to blame for
this?

What makes this show so brilliant is that there are very few main
characters. There are the two brothers, Mickey and Eddie, Linda, The
Mother and Mrs. Lyons all of which where partly responsible for the
deaths in Blood Brothers. However you have to think between the lines
when deciding who really was most to blame.

The most miniscule characters even can be responsible for some goings
on in the play, Sammy who was known as Mickey's brother, doesn't
actually say a line throughout the entire play but he told Mickey that
he saw Linda with Eddie. Mickey, Linda's husband, who obviously gets

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jealous, has an argument with her and finds out that the only reason
he has the job and a house is because Eddie made it happen for him. He
goes to find Eddie. I don't think that the audience will blame Sammy
for the death of the twins, as you don't actually get to meet him, he
is just an unknown character.

This links in with why Eddie is partly responsible, he aggravates
Mickey. He starts to annoy Mickey when he comes back from university.
When Eddie asks him what is wrong he replies "You. You're a dick
head." We realise that he is jealous of the rich life style he leads;
Eddie claims that they are blood brothers. Mickey tells him to piss
off because it is kids stuff. Eddie makes it worse by getting him a
job that he thinks he gets himself, and gives Linda a house but Mickey
doesn't know it's because of him. When he finds all this out he is
fuming. The audience will see that Eddie has irritated Mickey; they
might think this was the root of the problem. They will definitely
think that he is partly responsible when watching the play.

Linda also has a part to play in the killings of the Mickey and Eddie.
Being Mickey's wife she swore to honour him. She met with Eddie and
went behind his back to get him a job and a house. She knew that Eddie
fancied her but still went to meet with him to get out of the house. I
don't blame her but when Mickey found out you could imagine how upset
he was. Even though I think she is partly to blame for it, I feel the
audience will forget the reason why Mickey has gone mad, because there
will be so much suspense and they will be on the edge of their seat.

He went and found Eddie, and warned him with a gun. Though this was
not why Eddie died. The gun was actually a fake gun. The Mother rushed
in and before Mickey could declare it wasn't a real gun, she told them
that they are brothers. Mrs. Lyons comes in. We were told that she has
gone mental earlier on in the play. She rushes in, mumbling, "You told
them, I knew you would. I'll still have Edward." She then points her
gun at Mickey but Eddie jumps in the way and gets shot. The next
bullet she fires hits Mickey and they are both dead.

Mickey's anger could be seen by the audience the only reason why this
scene happened. His jealousy was so great that it made him react so
badly as to even want to kill Eddie. The audience would definitely
feel he had a contribution as why him and his brother were murdered

The most obvious person to blame for it is Mrs. Lyons. She was the one
that went insane and shot Eddie and Mickey. Not only this, she
persuaded The Mother to separate the babies at birth and made up the
superstition that started it all "That if either twin learns he was
one of a pair they shall both die immediately!" It is a coincidence
that she made up the superstition to scare The Mother but in the end
she is the one that believes it and goes senile thinking about it.
This is what I think lead to the death of the blood brothers.

There is one more character we could blame for the deceases in "Blood
Brothers", that is The Mother. One of the main parts in the play but
never actually named. We are introduced to her by the narrator calls
her "that woman, with a stone in place of a heart?" This tells me that
Willy Russell is implying that she is the reason for their deaths.
Although, he is actually asking a question, I think the audience will
feel that The Mother is actually a caring mother that does the best
for her children. She is only responsible as she tells them that they
are both brothers, resulting in Mrs. Lyons reacting to murdering them.
There are other things to take into consideration like how Linda
actually rang The Mother and Mrs. Lyons and that is why they were
actually there.

I think that if we go back to the beginning of the play, the first
thing that resulting into this event taking place is Mrs. Lyons making
up the superstition in the first place. If we go to the other extreme
and see the last thing resulting into the loss of the brothers is that
Mrs. Lyons actually shooting them, she was the murderer. That is why I
think Mrs. Lyons is most to blame.

The audience reactions will be the same as mine; they will feel
strongly about Mrs. Lyons being the real murderer as the event that
most sticks out in watching the play is the last ten seconds where she
pulls out her weapon and fires two bullets, one at Eddie and the other
at Mickey. This is why the audience blames her most for the deaths in
"Blood Brothers"
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