The Inspector Calls In An Inspector Calls By J. B. Priestley

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inspector calls was written by J . B Priestley in 1945. It was set in midland town in 1912. Inspector calls was based around a family that got a visit from a visit regarding the death of a woman named Eva smith. The inspector came to visit a well respected family also known the Birling family, to ask questions whether they knew this young women. when this play was set in 1912 the society was not equal, people from higher class and that had good job where more powerful, whereas the lower class were treated badly and worked in factories/industry or they were homeless. The women were also not treated equally as they stayed home and did housework, they were seen lower than men and less then them. In the play we see how people like Mr Birling (…show more content…
Also Mr Birling's Is covey as very confident man and a person that is in control both his family and his business. In the play we also see how Mr Birling's is very pleased with himself and his accomplishments, we see through the play how Mr Birling's keeps mentioning the people he is surrounded by and his position in the social class. “Now you have brought us together, and perhaps we may look forward to a time when Crofts and Birlings are no longer competing but are working together – for lower costs and higher prices.” This then shows how Mr Birling sees his daughter's marriage to Gerald as an opportunity for a business deal and how it will make it an opportunity for him to become more richer. This then portrays Mr Birling's as a selfish and capitalist person as he does not care for others much as much as his wealth and himself. Furthermore we see Mr Birling Introducing his soon to be son in law Gerald as “son of Sir George Croft” to the inspector, he did this to make sure that the inspector was aware his social status. But Mr Birling's did not even introduce his own son which then shows how he cares about his social class more which then makes him treat Gerald like his own son so that he can gain some type of respect from others. He even tries to shows off to Gerald to show that he lived very…show more content…
Firstly we see how Mr BIrling blaming Eva for causing herself to be sacked from her job. He says “expect the four or five ring leaders, who'd started the trouble. i went down myself and told them to clear out. And this girl. Eva Smith, was one of them, shed had a lot to say - far too much” This then shows how Mr Birling's did not care about what would end up happening to Eva Smith and instead that she had spoke up for herself and the other worker. This then shows how Mr Birling cares about being respected and makes sure that the inspector is aware how Eva spoke to him instead showing remorse. This then petroyes him as very selfish person who only cares about his work. Whereas in the play we see how his other family members such as Sheila and Eric took responsibility for their actions even though they were not the only reason for Eva Smith's death. This is because Priestley was trying to show how his capitalist views affected his personally, because he does not care about what happened to a innocent young women and not accepting his responsibilities. This is because he would then be afraid it would affect his social status and how work. We also see Mr Birling saying in the play “Still, i can't accept any responsibility” In this quote we see how Mr Birling is aware about his mistakes, but still as the selfish and self-centered person that he is presented in the play he will not take any
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