Blood brothers-Context

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Mind Map of context for Blood Brothers
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Mind Map by umber_k, updated more than 1 year ago
umber_k
Created by umber_k almost 9 years ago
1979
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Resource summary

Blood brothers-Context
  1. Willy Russell
    1. Left school-15
      1. No qualifications
        1. Went back to uni - became teacher
      2. Liverpudlian
        1. Born 1947
          1. Working class
            1. Wrote songs and plays
              1. enjoyed popular musics eg the beatles
            2. Social Context
              1. Book completed in 1981
                1. 2 years after Thatcher became PM

                  Annotations:

                  • Conservative
                  1. Believed Britains Manufacturing industry= uncompetitive
                    1. Weak employers
                      1. Overly strong trades union
                        1. Reduced their power
                          1. privatised publicly owned companies
                            1. Closed uncompetitive mines
                    2. Liverpool
                      1. Economic downturn
                        1. Unemployment soared
                          1. Famous docks ran down
                            1. Poverty
                            2. Crime levels increased
                              1. Housing allowed to deteriorate
                                1. illegal drugs use increased
                                  1. Mickeys situation
                            3. Political context
                              1. Success for hard workers

                                Annotations:

                                • One of Thatcher's main political beliefs
                                1. In BB this is contradicted

                                  Annotations:

                                  • Russell shows how it is upbringing and class that is important
                                  1. Despite Mickeys hard work/good attitude has nothing

                                    Annotations:

                                    • (basis of the trajedy)
                                2. Cultural context
                                  1. Marilyn Monroe
                                    1. Extremely famous/idea woman etc
                                      1. Reality different-on anti depressants

                                        Annotations:

                                        • died of overdose
                                      2. Referred to throughout the play

                                        Annotations:

                                        • different points in her life and her public image
                                        1. Mrs J loves her public image
                                          1. Mickey hooked on anti depressants like her
                                        2. Pop Culture
                                          1. 1950's pop flourished
                                            1. Even poor people had money for it

                                              Annotations:

                                              • e.g. Mikey
                                            2. Escapism
                                              1. Mrs J with dancing
                                                1. The boys with the cowboy games

                                                  Annotations:

                                                  • influenced by films
                                                  1. Mr J likes Mrs J for Marilyn looks
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