Generation Gap

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    • OLD
      • Mr B remains untouched by the Inspector’s words and still holds the values he had at the beginning of the play (p. 6). 
      • questioning leads the audience to see how snobbishness, spite, and prejudice blind people such as the older Birling’s to the wrongs in their society. 
        • 'Girls of that class -” Mrs B ,this demonstrates that she was prejudice towards the girl whereby due to her class and her position she was therefore not eligible to deserve any money from the charity,
      • The parents’ moral obtuseness is countered by a sense of guilt and an openness to correction in the hearts of their children. Thus, Priestley dramatizes both the failure and the hope of the empathic imagination.
      • 'now look at the pair of them-the famous younger generation who know it all'-mr B
      • 'Sheila don't talk nonsense'- MrsB
      • “I'm Mrs Birling, y'know” by patronising the Inspector she's reminding him of her status
      • their attitudes revolve around protecting their own social status whereby do not seem to care for anyone but themselves and their family
      • “I think she had only herself to blame.”
    • YOUNG
      • Sheila is readier than the others to admit her guilt and express her regret to her actions. 
        • She makes minimal effort to excuse herself from her behaviour    
        • After the inspector leaves she still remembers the story and still feels sorrow    
        • she still thinks older behaved in an unsuitable manner. She learns to be responsible even to those less fortunate than her.
        • "really responsible". She is very perspective and is becoming more mature.
    • Once the Inspector has gone and the Birling’s are able to behave more freely    
    • Priestley creates a dramatic situation for maximum impact.    
    • Priestley has set them against each other intentionally    
    • He is addressing his audience, saying that if society is to change  it is the younger generation who will make the difference.


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