Social Commentary in Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
The play, Blood Brothers by Willy Russell, is a twisted tale of two brothers born on the same day and from the same womb, yet they live in two entirely different worlds.
In the scene with Russell Eddie and Mickey meeting for the first time. At
first Mickey is suspicious of Eddie, (Mickey – “hello” suspiciously),
but at that innocent age they talking and quickly bond. Eddie is
well-mannered in all his ways – “ill look it up in the dictionary” and
says “pardon”. This shows Eddie has a polite comportment in his
speech– “ill looks it up in the dictionary” and says “pardon”. This
shows Eddie is well educated and polite because of his wealth.
However, Mickey isn’t and Eddie is innocent and because of his
overprotective mother therefore doesn’t know much about reality and
the world around him – Eddie says, “Pissed of. You say smashing things
don’t you? And Mickey says, “Do you know the F word?” Eddie – “pardon,
what does it mean?”
Because the boys are young, they’re innocent and honest about
everything. When they start sharing background information, they soon
find out they are very similar and even share the same age, the same
date of birth. They choose to become blood brothers which will mean a
new stronger relationship. Mickey says,” this mean that we’re blood
brothers” their affection is strong, because they bond so quickly.
When Sammy enters the scene, it becomes tense as he makes fun of
Eddie. Sammy _ “he’s a friggin poshy”, this means Sammy makes fun of
his accent, he instantly recognizes he’s posh. Because Mickey is
Eddie’s blood brother, he defends him as that was one of they’re vows
they made when becoming blood brothers. Mickey and Eddie – “I always
defend my brother….” so Mickey says to Sammy “no he’s not, he’s my
Mickey and Eddie’s relationship is challenged even at this early stage
because Mickey has to defend Eddie against Sammy. When Mickey and
Eddie go to Mickey’s house, and Mrs Johnstone first sees Eddie, she is
shocked and their relationship is threatened as she quickly parts them
from each other. This distresses Mickey and he gets very upset when
they leave the presence of each other. Mickey – “Eddies my best friend
mam, he lives up by the park an’ ….but I’ve done nothing”. He feels
resentful he’s being punished by not being allowed to see Eddie.
The scene where Eddie comes back from university is very important
because it depicts the harsh realities, which Russell is trying to
show. In Act 4, Scene 2 the difference in class becomes more apparent.
Eddie returns at Christmas from university while Mickey is struggling
to provide a living for his family. The "brotherly bond" between them
seems to have disappeared. This is because on Eddie's return, Mickey
seems to just ignore him and give short, clipped answers which shows
that something is wrong, "good", "ok", "come on where?". This gives
the impression that Mickey is...