Understanding Blood Brothers Flashcards

What is the basic plot of Blood Brothers?

Blood Brothers tells the story of twin boys, Mickey and Edward, who are separated at birth and raised in different social classes. Despite their different backgrounds, they become friends. However, their lives take dramatically different paths, leading to a tragic ending where Mickey accidentally kills Edward and is then shot himself.

How does the play Blood Brothers reflect the social and economic context of 1980’s Britain?

Blood Brothers reflects the social and economic context of 1980s Britain, particularly under Margaret Thatcher’s government. The play highlights the impact of industrial closures, mass unemployment, and social inequality, especially in cities like Liverpool, where the working class faced severe hardships.

How are Mickey and Edward’s backgrounds different in Blood Brothers?

Mickey is raised in a deprived, chaotic inner-city slum by his biological mother, Mrs Johnstone. In contrast, Edward is adopted by the wealthier Mrs Lyons and grows up in a more affluent, stable environment. These different backgrounds influence their opportunities and life paths.

How does language in Blood Brothers reflect class differences?

Language in Blood Brothers highlights class differences. Mickey speaks with a working-class Liverpudlian accent and uses casual swearing, while Edward speaks Standard English with a middle-class dialect. This contrast shows Mickey’s street-smart qualities and Edward’s middle-class sensibilities and opportunities.

What are the main settings in Blood Brothers?

The main settings in Blood Brothers are Mickey’s and Edward’s houses. The Johnstone home is depicted from the exterior, reflecting its rough condition, while the Lyons’ home is shown from the interior, highlighting its comfort. Communal areas like streets and parks are where the boys meet.

What does the space between the houses represent in Blood Brothers?

The space between Mickey’s and Edward’s houses represents the communal areas like streets and parks, where the boys meet despite their contrasting home environments. This space symbolises the social divide and the common ground that brings the boys together.

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