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o Set 1912, wrote 1945 (audience have knowledge) dramatic irony (Titanic, WW1 etc)
o Large divisions between classes, broken down by 2 war
o Women lesser than men, post war they gained a more equal position in society
o Ruling classes did not see the point in change, Tories out of power new social changes
o Class/status (upper classes easy living is dependent upon the hard work of lower
o Age (younger generation understand, new ways)
o Blame (oldies shirk it, young ones take it)
o Immaturity (irony that grownups shirk blame, young ones don't)
o Family (Insp; community. Birling; Look after own family. Mr + Mrs B don't try and help
Eric. Outward appearances deceiving)
o Growth Mr + Mrs Birling don't grow. Eric and Sheila do.
provincial speech, not born into aristocracy, more hatred from audience as he
doesn't care about lower classes (his class)
`fiddlesticks' to war
`Unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable' titanic
`make his own way...community and all that nonsense' selfish
`Still I can't accept any responsibility'. Responsibility
Eva's death a `shame'
Inspector made a `nasty mess' of the night
Big ego... long speeches stops anyone how disagrees with him
Eva a `shame' doesn't care
Repeats about status
[Eric] Boys now have `too much time and money' easier life. Correct for the upper
classes. Class + responsibility (not his fault)
`I don't like your tone' to inspector trying to regain power in situation. status
The `press' involved horrifies him. Status
`Both landings'. Flaunting status
Rivalry in marriage happy Mrs. Birling involved. She's better than him socially but
just as bad. Status + blame
His son can't have done it. Status + responsibility (denies anyone related to him
could do that)
He's `not the kind of father' not in touch with kids. Blame + family
Mr Birling `started it'
`Got to cover this up'. Status (Eric stealing)
He was a `Ex lord-mayor and magistrate'. Status
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I'd give thousands, yes thousands..' status
`Public scandal'. Status
`Or I'll' threatens Eric. Family
`Bluffed' knew it all along `took me by surprise'. Status
`All over now'. Blame + responsibility + status
[Sarcasm] `Famous younger generation who know it all'. Age
Gerald more like a son (similar views)
`hold your tongue'
`work all last summer'
`Nice behaved family' irony all dirty hands.
[workers] `Be broke if I know them' doesn't upper class. Status
`Respectable citizens not criminals' can't tell the difference.…read more
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Was Eva `pretty?' superficial. Gender + status
`Girls aren't cheap labour they're people' understands. Age
`I'm really responsible?' age + responsibility
`If I could help her now'. Responsibility
`You'll see' can tell inspector knows what's happened. Age.
`he's giving us rope to hang ourselves'
`I'm not a child'. Age + class
Takes on parental role advises to stop etc. Age + responsibility
Sarcasm to Gerald. Gender
Speech on how each is involved. Responsibility
To mother `cruel + vile'.…read more
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Goole ghoul, ghost like/supernatural
Graphic details for effect and confession
Getting `heavy handed'
Looks hard at person talking to
`duty to ask questions' not find truth
Short, dramatic lines
`don't stammer and yammer'
`never forget it'
`one body' community
Birling says he's a `crank'
Represents the millions of people like her.
Wanted to feel loved
Turned to prostitution?
Birlings represent everything that is wrong with the upper class
Shelia is the epitome of the `new generation'.…read more