An Inspector Calls -Mr Birling

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  • An Inspector Calls: Mr Birling
    • Position in society
      • Middle-upper class. Married up from lower class
        • From a lower class background (working class)
        • "hard-headed practical man of business"
      • "I'm a public man"
        • Expects respect from others
        • A member of the town council, Lord Mayor and magistrate
      • Man with money, power and social position but no sense of social justice
        • What socialists like Priestley felt was wrong with society
        • Capitalist view
          • "a man has to make his own way- has to look after himself- and his family too of course"
    • Responsibility
      • Capitalist view
        • "a man has to make his own way- has to look after himself- and his family too of course"
      • Represent the older generation
        • More unaware and refuse the ideas of change
      • Believes his status makes him exempt from taking responsibilities to the working class
        • ingrained prejudices
    • Dramatic irony
      • When the audience is aware of something that the characters are not
        • "I say there isn't a chance of war"
          • The audience know here were two world wars
        • The Titanic is "unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable"
          • The audience know that the Titanic sinks
    • Selfish character
      • Worries about his reputation and how he looks
        • "There'll be a public scandal"
      • Believes socialist ideas that stress the importance of responsibility and community are "nonsense"
    • Description
      • "rather portentous man in his middle fifties but rather provincial in his speech"
        • From a lower class background (working class)

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