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'Class' in Blood Brothers

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Martin Thompson

on 26 September 2011

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Transcript of 'Class' in Blood Brothers

Willy Russell encourages his audience think about the issue of class through... Explore the ways 'class' is presented in Blood Brothers? Characters' outlook on life Comparison of the Mothers Comparison of the brothers What things does Willy Russell use to make the audience think about class? Conclusion Willy Russell uses the Mothers as a starting point for the audience to start forming their opinions about class In a similar way to the mothers, Edward and Mickey show us two ends of the spectrum what is important to each character? Other characters' interactions These women are a similar age, and yet their lives have taken such different paths Mrs Lyons, a middle class woman who doesn't work, is paying someone else (Mrs Johnstone) to clean her house Mrs Johnstone is 30, but looks 50 Her appearance shows that life has been hard for her, as she has struggled to make ends meet (cc) image by anemoneprojectors on Flickr On the other hand, Mrs Lyons has got everything she needs... husband (but he's away on business) big house (but it feels too empty without a child) money So, what is Willy Russell saying about class here? It's interesting that as children, although they are aware of their class difference, it doesn't stop them from being friends aged 7? aged 14? aged 18? aged 23? appearance
accent
things they say
things they do
education
interests How do
the milkman
the catalogue man
the police man
interact with our main characters? what does this show about class? how are they different as they get older? Eddie has money, Mickey doesn't
but Eddie's the one who doesn't understand the value of it Who's grown up? Who hasn't?
So what is Willy Russell saying about the class system? how do Mickey and Mrs Johnstone represent working class? how do Eddie and Mrs Lyons represent middle class? How do they change and is this due to class? Could things have ended any differently? ...and is this a comment on class? comparison of characters on stage together and showing how they change over time the audience knows all the way through that if Mrs Lyons had picked Mickey when they were babies he could have had Eddie's lifestyle, and vice versa...
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