How Is Mr Birling Presented In An Inspector Calls

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In the play ‘An Inspector Calls’, written by J.B. Priestley, there are 6 main characters. Sheila Birling, daughter of Sybil and Arthur Birling, is a childish young lady who’s engaged to Gerald Croft, the son of the owner of a successful business. Eric Birling, the youngest out of the family, is a seemingly quiet and insecure man who is consistently ignored and thrown back by his father who in comparison is a highly selfish, egocentric businessman. He only considers himself, money and reputation. His stubborn wife, Sybil, regularly attempts to portray herself as an upper class woman.The Birlings are a very wealthy capitalist household, meaning that they believe in responsibility for themselves and no one else. On the other hand, Inspector Goole,…show more content…
In 1912, the classes were divided, creating very large gaps in between them, especially the upper classes and the lower ones. We can still see that money was a big aspect of classes as Mrs. Birling said, “as if a girl of that sort would ever refuse money!” and we can also see this later on in the text when Mr. Birling offers a lot of money to the inspector to completely forget about the event and the inspector replies with, “You’re offering the money at the wrong time, Mr. Birling.” which makes Mr. Birling look foolish, and this makes it seem that people of that era, would always pay their way out of trouble. Priestly chose to put this in the script as he wanted the audience to see how people acted and how revolting this was. Priestly wanted certain members of the audience to realise and to change themselves. In 1912, women were told that they weren’t allowed to make decisions for themselves. This rule still applied to society in 1945, and Priestly wanted them to be called out for this, therefore he hid it in this play. The fact that the upper classes thought that the lower classes would do anything for money, was a disgrace as it showed how exploited they were and how much money was…show more content…
It is portrayed between women and men, whatever the class, and whatever the age. Inequality is shown between classes, between children and parents. Priestly chose these points as they were the easiest, yet most common examples, thus was easier to have the audience comprehend what he was saying. Although many of these inequalities had begun to change in 1945, Priestley uses his power as a playwright to attempt to deliver a
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