Sheila and her brother Eric feel remorse for what they did to the girl and are disgusted in their parents for dismissing the situation so quickly. Gerald does not share his opinion as much as the other characters but he agrees with Birling several times. You can see a distinct generational difference between the characters and this tension remains throughout the scene. I am going to start directing at the point where the characters are all sitting around t... ... middle of paper ... ...g although it is clear to the audience that they are. Gerald is in the middle of the family because while he is pleased that the Inspector was a fraud, he never says that what he did was right but also never admits to doing any wrong.
J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls "An inspector calls" was written around 1944 and is set around 1912. Arthur Birling, used to show the capitalist view, is self-indulged and says; "A man has to look after himself" when they are talking about a community, showing he is selfish and only cares about his family and himself. He is also shown as a fool who thinks he knows everything about anything but clearly doesn't. When he talks about the "unsinkable Titanic" and that "there isn't a chance of war" shows he doesn't know much because there were two wars between the setting of the play and the date it was written, and the Titanic also sunk. When the family learn about the death of Eva, Mr Birling is the first to be questioned by the inspector.
An Inspector Calls was written in 1945 by John Boynton Priestley, just as the Second World War was ending and Britain was looking forward to life without war. The play is set in 1912, when Britain still had its Empire and was a wealthy country before the First World War – it was also the year that the Titanic sunk. Class structure was very strict and some people were willing to risk everything to enter a higher class. Strikes over poor working conditions in factories were common and only rich men who owned property were allowed to vote. Priestley was born in Bradford, Yorkshire on 13 September 1894, his father was a schoolmaster and his mother died later that year.
Priestley was trying to show that it didn’t matter what class you were put into, because at the end of the day, everyone has to be responsible for the actions that they make, because they can affect anyone. However, at the end of the play, the two groups of characters are still divided in the same way, showing the viewers how arrogant the elder generation appear to be, whilst the younger can still be changed to not follow the ridiculous belief that more money makes you more important as a person. Therefore social status is very important in the play.
Of course he does not know all, and can be seen as idiotic due to his certain claims about the Titanic, war and strikes, which all of course were wrong, showing an example of dramatic irony. Mr Birling is too very shallow, he couldn’t care less who his daughter Sheila was getting engaged to, as long as her fiancée was going to lift him higher up the social ladder. In this case Gerald, Sheila’s husband to be, was the son of the owners of Crofts Limited. This would boost his industry, which Arthur was solely only interested in. Mr Birling is hardly willing to accept responsibility for Eva’s death.
Eric doesn't seem to agree with his father as much though, and often can appear to be rude to his father. Speaking to his father on the issue of speeches he said " Well, don't do any, we'll drink their health and have done with it." Mr Birling begins to speak on the issue of responsibility, stating in his opinion responsibility has been 'created by modern writers', this shows he doesn't really believe responsibility has anything to do with him, like responsibility is just something created to shake the population up a little. Just as Birling talks about responsibility, Edna informs the part... ... middle of paper ... ...eath is due to anybody, then its him." This last sentence is particularly interesting.
After the inspector left they find out that he wasn't a real inspector and that no girl died on the way to the Infirmary, after swallowing some disinfectant! Characters in detail: - Mr Birling * prosperous factory owner, not the social equal of his wife. He is 'a self made man' * first priority is to make money 'It's my duty to keep labour cost down' * welcomes Croft into his family as he represents a business link between his firm and that of Gerald Croft's father (a rival) * has an honest approach to life, he tells the Inspector that he wouldn't listen to Eva Smith's demand for a wage rise 'I refused, of course' and is surprised why anyone should question why. * strongly believes that 'a man has to make his own way'. He does not consider the harm he may cause to other people because of his attitude.
Birling he depicts as pompous, selfish, uncaring of others and only looking out for himself. For example even his daughter's wedding will be beneficial to him with increased social standing and better business connections. Birling represents everything that is wrong with society. In the Inspector's character Priestly shows us a man who is caring, thoughtful and respectable. He is the moral conscience, a warning of what could happen if people don't change.
( ) In Candide, Voltaire first satarizes war by saying, “ men were only made to help each other.” (pg 19) This is a direct jab at Frederick and war, because the ma... ... middle of paper ... ...ing boys. When the old lady meets the eunuch, he says, I was born in naples, where they castrate two or three thousand children each year. Some of them die of it, others acquire more beautiful voices than that of any women, still others go off to rule states. In my case, the operation was a great success. Later that same eunuch describes how, He had been sent to the King of Morocco by a Christian power to make a treaty with that monarch whereby he would be supplied with gunpowder, cannons and ships to help him wipe out the trade of other Christian powers.
Priestly states Birling is 'provincial in his speech' showing he is not from the class he now is in. He is always trying to display how he worked his way up. This is also shown when Priestly tells us Mrs.Birling is of a higher class 'her husband's social superio... ... middle of paper ... ... accept any responsibility for Eva's death proves that he is generally selfish. He has no remorse for his actions showing how involved he is with hi future and how he can benefit himself. He is a head figure of a large household who should have achieved more.