Analysis Of The Play ' An Inspector Calls '

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In the play, An Inspector Calls, the character of Eric is presented in a myriad of ways. When the audience is first introduced to Eric, he is proven to be juvenile and ignorant - shown by his nonchalance towards his sister’s marriage and Birling’s advice. As the play develops however, it become clear that this most likely was inherited from his parents, who don’t even acknowledge the existence of the working class as being human beings. In Birling’s factory, the working class are de-humanised as they enter and become lifeless droids - who have no need for the luxuries of money nor a roof over their heads, not to mention sanitary conditions – whose lives are simply parts in a factory which can be replaced effortlessly. Furthermore, Mrs…show more content…
When Eric describes himself as being a bit squiffy, what he means to say is that he was drunk and had no control over his actions. In the situation, he had become infatuated by a girl from the working class; combine this with his immutable state of intoxication and he ultimately caused the death of Eva Smith. He did not merely “turn nasty” as put, but refuses to leave until his entry is granted. The complete disregard directed towards the workers in the pre-war society (manifested in the character of Eric), arguably stems from the childhood that was spent within the upper-class bubble. The absolute willingness of these upper classes to maintain their utterly destructive practices on the workers, who practically provide the platform for them to stand on is shown by Priestley’s representation of the Birlings and Crofts as being robotic and directly bound on creating a legacy that is infrangible due to their egotistical and autocratic nature. Mrs Birling enunciates to Eric when outlining why she refused help to Eva in her committee: “But I didn’t know it was you – I never dreamt. Besides, you’re not the type – you don’t get drunk.” This shows the considerable ignorance of the oblivious upper classes, whom reside within their spheres of influence and thus begin to believe whatever they desire. This is demonstrated again when Mrs Birling exclaims: “(shocked) Eric! You stole money!” The irony in this is immense. Eric had just admitted to having
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