social class

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  • Social Class
    • Mr Birling
      • 'might have done better for yourself socially'
      • 'I was an alderman for years - and Lord Mayer two years ago'
      • 'Mr Gerald Croft - the son of Sir George Croft, you know, Crofts Limited.'
      • 'suddenly ask for more money'
      • 'she had a lot to say, far too much - so she had to go'
      • 'the press might easily take it up--'
      • 'I've got to cover this up as soon as I can'
      • 'there will be a public scandal'
      • 'I've had dealing with dozens of them'
      • 'ring up Colonel Roberts'
    • The Inspector
      • 'she hadn't been able to save much of what Birling and company had paid her'
      • 'there are a lot of young women living that sort of exsistence'
        • 'if they weren't, the factories and warehouses wouldn't know where to look for cheap labour'
      • 'used the power you had.... to punish the girl just because she made you feel like that'
      • 'No, I don't. I know why she needed help'
    • Sheila
      • 'but these girls aren't cheap labour, they're people'
      • 'I can’t help thinking about this girl - destroying herself so horribly - and I’ve been so happy tonight. Oh I wish you hadn’t told me'
    • Gerald
      • 'we are respectable citizens and not criminals'
      • 'I want you to know that I didn't install her there so that I could make love to her'
      • 'Gerld Corft - of Crofts Limited .. yes.. we are rather worried about one of our employees'
    • Mrs Birling
      • 'absurd business'
      • 'you know my husband was Lord Mayor only two years ago'
      • 'simple absurd in a girl in her position'
      • 'girl of that sort'
      • 'advising my committee not to allow her claim for assistance'
      • 'the rude way he spoke to Mr Birling and me'
    • Eric
      • 'I wasn't in  love with her'
      • The land and factory owners were wealthy and powerful, while their workers lived in poverty. The two classes? ?rarely interacted
        • he Birlings’ treatment of Eva is a result of their being an upper class family and her being a working class woman
      • The war effort brought people together,? and ?rationing ?meant the different classes had to live ?similar lifestyles regardless of wealth
        • Despite this, ?class inequality?still existed and this is what Priestley wanted to emphasise to his audience
      • By revealing the ?destructive impact class hierarchy had in 1912, Priestley encourages 1940s society to ?move forwards towards social equality instead of returning to the old ways.
      • Priestley argues that the upper classes ?maintain t?he class system because it ?benefits t?hem, allowing them to live in ?ignorance ?of how the working classes struggle
      • Eva Smith never appears on stage the audience’s perspective of her is ?altered ?by the Birlings’ ?classist r?emarks and personal ?bias.?
        • Priestley shows how easy it is for the upper classes to ?influence the narrative surrounding the working classes


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