It was only after she realises that Eric was the child's father she begins to show signs of weakening. Eric wants his parents to admit their mistakes as he freely admitted his. Though he is not a very pleasant character we may feel that he has learnt a lesson, that he is sincerely ashamed of his behaviour and he is capable of changing for the better. The characters respond in a different manner towards the inspector's questions. Firstly Mr Birling, he's a wealthy factory owner (businessman), his first main concern is to make money& get power!
Silas is so wrapped up in money that he becomes selfish and right as the company is going to start making double the profit he bought out his only friend in the company. This shows Silas Laphams’s downfall of the morals that he possess, “it is the last straw” when it comes to him being a good person and his ambition overtakes him. As the... ... middle of paper ... ... him not giving into his greed and his selfish ambition, but Silas “awakening” to what is morally right. Silas is now able to have a clear conscious and not let the money dictate his decisions. After all the wrong doing that Silas has done through his down fall and bad decision, he has finally reached his “rise” to a better self by expressing humility and honesty.
He wrote this play in 1945 though it is set in 1912. The play looks at opposite views on morals and ideas from The Inspector and Mr Birling, The Inspector being an opposite character in morals to Birling. Mr Birling's Philosophy on life was, 'a man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own'. This philosophy obviously rubbed off onto his children and wife and during the essay I shall see how it affects the different characters linked to Mr Birling and his philosophy. Arthur Birling is a capitalist who is very sure of himself and his way of life.
He teaches Biff and Happy that it is charisma and not brains which will make them successful. In his flashbacks he tells them “the man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead”² and scorns Bernard who gets high grades. By being a salesman, he believed himself to be well liked and valued in society and he devoted his life to it. Accordingly, when Howard fires him from the company, his pride is ruined and he feels as though he has failed his family “(a... ... middle of paper ... ...alesmen will be there from all over the country and in that way he will be able to prove to Biff and his family that he was a great man to be proud of. “I am known...and he’ll see it with his eyes once and for all”¹³.
His biggest fear when the Inspector has left is that he won’t get his Knighthood and that there will be a public scandal, this would ruin his daughter’s marriage and, more importantly his chances of his company and Gerald’s fathers merging. Mr Birling is a prosperous factory owner. His first priority in life is to make money. Even at the celebration of his daughter’s engagement he manages to talk about business. He welcomes Gerald Croft into the family as a business link between his own firm and Gerald’s fathers, Crofts limited.
The memory of his father being vaporized also serves as a catalyst for his hatred of Big Brother and leads him... ... middle of paper ... ...y 190). But Lenina doesn’t see. She is too set in her ways and John is too set in his ways. The pressure to fit in society is eventually too much for John; he cannot survive without living the way he is used to. All three novels portray an overbearing government that gives very little freedoms to the individual.
Priestley uses the character of the Inspector to convey his own thoughts, feelings and opinions about social issues. However, he also uses other characters, particularly Mr.Birling, to show the audience how cynical some people can be. It is possible that J.B.Priestley set this play in 1912 for a reason. Arthur Birling is a rich businessman who thinks very highly of himself, even though he is often wrong. Arthur's family respect him and listen intently to his ideas that 'there isn't a chance of war' and the Titanic is 'unsinkable.'
"if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught in fire and blood and anguish." Priestley is aware that the 1946 audience are just recovering from the disastrous effects of the Second World War. Through the Inspector's monologue at the end of the play he aims to convey the message that had people been willing to accept some of the socialist viewpoints prior the Second World War, such an event may have been avoided. The final speech makes the Inspector sound prophetic, which implies he may be something more than a regular police Inspector. I feel that perhaps Priestley shouldn't have done this, but should've relied on the play to be proficient enough to carry the point without a sort of sermon being sneaked in.
Difference in Reactions of Sheila Birling and Her Father in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls Coursework. Sheila Birling and her father react totally differently to the 'inspector.' How far would the audience agree? Author Birling I do agree that Sheila Birling and her father Author Birling react differently to the inspector. This shows because when the inspector was talking to Author Birling, he was very annoyed at the inspector and didn't want to listen to what he had to say, this shows when Author says to the inspector "Look here inspector, im half a mind to report you.
When Bob Cratchit turned up for work on Boxing Day Scrooge tells him that he will "not stand for this any longer" and tells him that he needs a pay rise. This is obviously a joke as Scrooge is overwhelmed with happiness and can't help, but give Bob a pay rise but makes it look like he is extremely angry with him. In conclusion I have to say that each stave has its own particular symbol and this helps to contribute to the themes. This book would reflect on Dickens own life as he spent a lot of his time surrounded by poor people and shows that Dickens thought that poor people should be treated a lot better. In my opinion the main theme of this novella is that you should not take for granted what you have, because there are people like the Cratchits living in poor conditions who are much worse off then yourself.