Class and Social Difference in "Blood Brothers" by Willy Russell

1746 WordsJun 22, 20187 Pages
In the play Blood Brothers Willy Russell explores the differences between a working class family and a middle class family during the downturn of industry in Liverpool in the 1960 and 70’s, resulting in The Recession in the early 1980’s. There is a twist on the fact that they are just two opposite class families – Mickey and Edward. They are two genetically identical twins; however Mickey was brought up in a working class family and Eddie in a middle class family. By using these two complete extremes, Russell has explored the history of the British class system in a very extreme way. Seeing the different class upbringings teaches us about Nature vs. Nurture in society. Russell chooses to open Blood Brothers with a Narrator speaking a…show more content…
This obviously immediately gives us the impression that Edward is from a middle or upper class family because he uses so much formal language, even when saying bad things. By using this strong language in their first meeting it gives the audience a clear view of the extremes in the classes. The audience can find the first meeting quite funny because the actors play the two extremes in quite humorous ways. Initially this can make the difference in class seem quite a light subject when really, as we find out later in the play, it is an enormously important subject. I think Russell is positively biased towards Mickey in this first meeting of the boys, possibly because Mickey is from a lower class family and so was Russell. I think Russell is biased because Mickey is bragging for the small things he loves to play with. However, even though Edward probably has more than Mickey he doesn’t make a show of it. Russell has made this first meeting a very bold statement, as the boy’s don’t seem to show a difference between each other in this first scene, they seem like two, normal, seven year old friends even though the difference between the two classes is very obvious. I think this helps to introduce the differences lightly to draw the audience in, so that they are ready for the drama that comes, later on in the play. As the boys grow older, their different classes become more significant to the play. Edward goes off to
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