Blood Brothers

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The Policemen Character Analysis

Figures of authority, policemen show up at various unlucky times throughout the musical. At first their antics are fairly comical as they try to keep Edward, Mickey, and Linda from mischief, but later on they arrest Sammy and Mickey after a failed robbery attempt. In the final scene, they shoot and kill Mickey—but only after he has murdered Edward.
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The Policemen Character Timeline in Blood Brothers

The timeline below shows where the character The Policemen appears in Blood Brothers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Violence Theme Icon
...Edward volunteers. He throws a rock through a window, only to be caught by a policeman. Linda and Mickey are terrified, but Edward sasses the policeman, as he believes the other... (full context)
Class and Money Theme Icon
The Power of the Past Theme Icon
Violence Theme Icon
The policeman confronts Mrs. Johnstone, telling her that she and her children will get no more warnings—if... (full context)
Class and Money Theme Icon
The policeman moves on to the Lyons’ house, where he behaves in quite a different manner, drinking... (full context)
Class and Money Theme Icon
The Power of the Past Theme Icon
After the policeman leaves, Mr. Lyons asks Edward if he would like to move to the country, explaining... (full context)
Act 2
Coming of Age Theme Icon
The Power of the Past Theme Icon
...his chant, eventually getting so excited that he jumps on top of a lamppost. A policeman enters, and the three adolescents use the same impertinent responses that they did as children.... (full context)
Class and Money Theme Icon
Nature vs. Nurture Theme Icon
Superstition and Fate Theme Icon
The Power of the Past Theme Icon
Violence Theme Icon
...gun under a floorboard. We hear Linda calling offstage, and just as she enters, two policemen arrive. They capture a fleeing Sammy, and remove Mickey from Linda’s embrace. (full context)
Class and Money Theme Icon
The Power of the Past Theme Icon
Violence Theme Icon
As the policemen place Mickey in a cell, Mrs. Johnstone sings about what happens next: the jury sentences... (full context)
Class and Money Theme Icon
Nature vs. Nurture Theme Icon
Superstition and Fate Theme Icon
The Power of the Past Theme Icon
Violence Theme Icon
A policeman calls through a megaphone, telling Mickey to put down the gun, and that there are... (full context)