How Different Attitudes and Perceptions Are Shown Between Generations in the Play An Inspector Calls
Older and younger generations' perceptions on different aspects of day-to-day life vary greatly in the play 'An Inspector Calls'. Priestly uses character manipulation to highlight the conflicting opinions, morals and social standards between the two generations. He uses their emotions to unravel their attitudes towards their positions in society, and roles in Edwardian society, through the death of someone they all allegedly knew and whose life they affected negatively.
Arthur Birling has money and status and although he has worked for them: his social standards, expectations and opinions of …show more content…
Birling puts down Eric several times in the play, 'You've got a lot to learn yet!' he doesn't think they should be handed everything on a plate. He wants Eric to learn to take responsibility but how can he when he isn't given any? He thinks the younger generation are irresponsible in the way they act and the things they say.
Arthur considers male's the dominant sex, they have to go to work, they have to lay down the laws and the women stay at home and care for the children and make sure the husbands needs are attended to. As an employer he knows he has a certain authority and uses this against his employees, overriding their proposals. His analysis on his status in society is slightly higher than that of the actual situation.
Sybil is the more withdrawn of the two parental figures, she agrees with her husband on most aspects and although some of her characteristics vary from her husbands she still has a high opinion of herself and a low opinion of working class citizens.
Sybil dismisses the prospect of war just as her husband does and looks forward to a flourishing future.
Sybil knows her place and doesn't argue with her husband but does disagree with him occasionally, 'Now Arthur, I don't think you ought to talk business on an occasion like this.'
Mrs.Birling does as her husband wants her to, regarding family life. She stays at home and looks out
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J B Priestley uses a variety of theatrical and literary devices such as dramatic irony in this play to present the characters to the audiences in a way that shows they are often deluded or false. The play was set in 1912 but was not written and performed until after World War Two. Priestley’s intention was to make the point that everyone has social responsibilities and that they should fulfil them too. J.B Priestley presents the Inspector as an unusual figure who is a catalyst on stage, eliciting changes in the other characters.
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