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How does Priestly show that tension is at the heart of
the Birling family?
Priestley shows that tension is at the heart of the Birling family by bringing an inspector into the household who
uncovers some truth about the Birling family, a family that on the outside appears to be…

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Priestley shows that tension is at the heart of the family when Mrs Birling finds out about Eric's drinking. Mrs Birling
denies that Eric is used to drink but Sheila and Gerald both admit that `he does drink pretty hard'. Priestley uses stage
directions to show that Mrs Birling is…

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people Mrs Birling dislikes happens to be her own son. The impact of the inspector's visit shows that the happy family
was just a facade, revealing that some of the people they hated happened to be their own family members.

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