Eddie and Mickey in Blood Brothers, by Willy Russell Essays

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With particular references to two main characters, show how the way they change and develop during the course of the play demonstrates
Russell's attitudes to power and opportunity in society - Blood Brothers.

With particular references to two main characters, show how the way they change and develop during the course of the play demonstrates
Russell's attitudes to power and opportunity in society

"Blood Brothers" is set in Liverpool in the early eighties. The play follows the life of two main characters: Eddie Lyons and Mickey
Johnston. and has proved extremely popular with audiences of all ages.
Willy Russell is very successful in sustaining the audiences attention and involving them with his characters due to the
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For example when Mickey says:

"If Sammy gives you a sweet he's usually weed on it first"

To which Eddie replies

"oh, that sound like super fun"

Humour, in its various forms, plays a large part in "Blood Brothers".
It keeps the audience interested and balances out the conflict and sadness in the play. Throughout the play we experience different types of humour such as quotes being taken out of context, by Eddie at the end of Act 2 Scene 6 when the policewoman asks:

"And what are you doing?"

Eddie replies "Adolph Hitler"

The policewoman then asks "Whats your name son?"

Eddie "Waiting for the ninety two bus"

This is very amusing for the audience which realises that Eddie is copying the language of Mickey and Linda in completely the wrong context. We experience incongruity when Edward and his mother argue and Eddie says:

"You are a fuckoff!"

He has picked up this bad language from his new friends and it sounds totally out of place with his surroundings, which is what makes the audience laugh, as it is completely unexpected. However, "Blood
Brothers" is not a straightforward comedy. There are elements of sadness, happiness, frustration and pain in the play. We experience conflict which balances the humour. There are examples of physical, verbal, overt and covert conflict throughout the play. The most notable example of physical conflict is when Mickey shoots Eddie. The audience is reminded
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