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Arthur Birling at the Beginning of Act One in An Inspector Calls

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Arthur Birling at the Beginning of Act One in An Inspector Calls JB Priestly wrote the play of ‘An Inspector Calls’ in 1945 but set the play in 1912, Edwardian Britain. The writer intentionally set the play in 1912 to make the audience aware of social conscience. Another reason why the play was set in 1912 was because, some of the historical events mentioned in the play, the audience would be familiar with as they would have lived through the time and would know the real results of how they ended and what the causes were because the era from which he set was very different to when he wrote the play. In the play, when these events are mentioned, Arthur Birling says the opposite to what actually happens such as when Birling said…show more content…
The family in the dining room surrounding the dining table; one of the objects of their ‘good solid furniture’ from their period. The atmosphere is significant and deeply secure, but not cosy and homelike. The family are clothed in evening dress, the men in white ties and tails; not dinner jackets. The lighting at the beginning of Act 1 is pink and intimate, which creates a warm, welcoming and friendly feeling, until the inspector arrives and the lighting changes and becomes brighter and harder. This makes the setting superior but the mood more disputed when the Birlings and Gerald find out the reason behind the inspectors arrival. The role of Arthur Birling is as a social climber, with a lot of businesses. He is former mayor and magistrate. He is very ecstatic with his position and the last thing he would want is change. Birling has achieved success in certain aspects of his life such as his business, his wealth and his class but has failed in being a good father, an employer or in any moral sense. The characteristics of his roles are those such as, he is hard-headed and practical, which he admits himself when he has a conversation with his wife, Mrs Birling, and son Eric; ‘I’m talking as a hard-headed, practical man of business.’ Arthur Birling has become an increasingly self-centred man. Ever more, his ego has enlarged after there being an opportunity of him being put on the honours list to be knighted. The main
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