Comparison of The Attitudes Of Arthur Birling And Sheila Birling From An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley

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Comparison of The Attitudes Of Arthur Birling And Sheila Birling From An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley was first performed in 1945. The play was set in 1912 before the war; it centres on the wealthy Birling family. A visit from the mysterious Inspector Goole, during the celebration of Sheila Birling's and Gerald Croft's engagement, proves to be a horrifying experience for them as they learn that they have all played a part in the suicide of a young girl called Eva Smith. From the start we see that Mr Birling is a hardheaded businessman and seems to look out for only himself and his reputation. In his speech to Gerald and Eric he tells them "a man has to make…show more content…
Priestly uses the dramatic irony of this to show how misguided Birling is and what an irresponsible figure in society he is. He then says that by 1940 there will be peace and prosperity and rapid progress everywhere. Priestly was writing this play in 1934 he knew and so did everyone else at the time that Mr Birling was wrong. This shows us that what Birling was saying was a lie. It showed people how ignorant Mr Birling was. This made you wonder if all of his priorities were wrong. When we are told the stories of how both characters were connected to Eva Smith. We see although Sheila is caring she treated Eva smith no better than her father did and that what they did to her was quite similar. They both had her thrown out from her job. They both did it for pathetic reasons. Neither of them thought about how the consequences would affect Eva. Mr Birling threw Eva smith out of her job at his Factory because she asked for a small pay rise of just under three shillings. She then got a Job in a shop called Milwards. This was a respectable shop where many middle class people bought clothes. She was enjoying it there and liked being among the clothes. Sheila Birling shopped there and then Eva Smith brought out a dress that looked beautiful on her. Sheila Birling tried it on and it

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