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Evaluate Key Characters and Their Development in 'Blood Brothers'

In this worksheet, students will evaluate the key characters in 'Blood Brothers', considering Russell's use of language, structure and dramatic devices and how the characters reflect the context in which the play was written and set.

'Evaluate Key Characters and Their Development in 'Blood Brothers'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   Eduqas, Pearson Edexcel, AQA,

Curriculum topic:   Post-1914 Prose / Drama, Post-1914 Play or Novel, Modern Texts: Drama

Curriculum subtopic:   Blood Brothers

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Two young men clasping hands as blood brothers         thought bubble       Marilyn Monroe


How far do you agree that Mrs Johnstone is an irresponsible mother?

To what extent is Mrs Lyons a dislikable character?

To what extent do the characters cause their own fates?

How far do you sympathise with Mickey's actions in the musical?


To achieve the highest marks in your exam response, you will need to offer a personal and perceptive interpretation.


This means that you need to:

- ask questions of the characters

- think about all of the different ways we might view them - positive and negative

- think about whether they change throughout the musical

- try to evaluate how far we can say they possess a particular characteristic


Remember that you will also need to show close analysis of the writer's techniques in presenting a particular character and relate your ideas to the key contextual factors surrounding the musical.


In this activity, you will evaluate how each character is presented in 'Blood Brothers'.


You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples.  These quotations are for reference only.


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