An Inspector Calls - Characters Grade 7-9

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    • Birling
      • Construct
      • Represents Capitalism
      • 'I'm talking as a hard headed practical man of business'
        • Priestley is deliberately using the language of the Labour party Manifesto, to turn it into a drama his audience can relate to.
        • Treats Shelia's marriage as a business
        • An allusion the language of Sir Stanley Baldwin
          • Prime Minister
    • Gerald
      • 'Daisy knew it was coming to an end'
        • Although he claims the end was brought about by needing to go away for business for a few weeks, we know the real reason is that his friend was returning from Canada
          • This would mean that Gerald would have to pay for that flat to put her in. This would cost far more than the little he had paid her, 'she'd lived very economically on what I'd allowed her'
            • Exploitation
      • Shelia cannot go back to him as he stands for everything the Inspector rejects
    • Mrs Birling
      • 'The girl had begun by telling us a pack of lies'
        • It is also a logical doubt to have given lies which preceded it.
        • Eva would rather commit suicide than take the stolen money, or marry Eric
        • Priestley appears to be suggesting that Eric has had a far greater effect on her commiting suicide. It is not so much that Mrs B and her clarity denied Eva help, as that they forced her to return to Eric
    • Eric
      • Most to blame
      • 'She told me she didn't want me to go in'
        • Stealing 'not really'
        • £50 is 40 weeks of Birling wages
      • 'In that state when a chap easily turns nasty'. First he does not call it 'a state'. This suggests that this is 'nasty' state is one common to all men, not just to Eric: 'that' implies it is common and therefore not such a sin.
    • Sheila
      • She doesn't learn the Inspector's lesson
        • Gerald: Everything's alright now, Sheila. (holds up the ring) What about this ring?
          • Sheila: No, not yet. It's too soon. I must think
      • If she accepts the Patriarchy
        • And now at least you've been honest. And I believe what you told us about the way you helped her at first. Just out of pity.
        • As an audience, we find it very difficult to agree with her assessment of Gerald's motives. That final Curtailed sentence also suggests that she herself does not believe in his real motives
        • We might also be disturbed by how she appears to blame herself partly for Gerald's affair, 'And it was my fault really that she was so desperate when you first met her'
        • If she gives in she will not continue with Priestley's message


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