inspector calls

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context

priestly uses him to adress concerns he had on the dangers of immoral behavour and the consequences

excessive drinkihg, casual relationships etc

he also uses eric to suggest that the young people of post war britain are the answer to a hopeful future

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themes

FAMILY LIFE

birling dissappointed in son and prefers geral

UPPER CLASS TREATMENT

clear his behvaoir not uncommon for men of that class

other men did similar thing-

-gerald same place looking for portsitues

-birlings 'recspectable friends' go there

all bahaving immoraly but nothing is said

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eric at the beginning of the play

LACKS CONFIDENCE

unsure of himself and when tries to speak up he gets put down

'HALF SHY HALF ASSERTIVE''NOT QUITE AT EASE'

-uncofortbalke and awkward 

-could be hiding something

-could be reason why drinks

-lack of parentallove could have resulted in low self etseem

-opposite to gerald croft

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eric at the beginning of the play

DRUNK

'SQUIFFY'

-greed for alcohol links to greed for sexual desire, links to capitalisma dn capitalist desires

'I DONT KNOW SIDDENLY I FELT I JUST HAD TO LAUGH'

-shows immaturity

'SUDDENLY GUFFAWS'

-acting strangely

-has creates tension and foreshadows inspectors arrival 

RATHER NOSILY 'ALL THE BEST SHES GOT A NASTY TEMPER'

-his toast not delivered in proper manner and element of mockery

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eric at the beginning of the play

ASSERTIVE

STANDS UP TO HIS FATHER

'WHY SHOULDNT THEY TRY FOR HIGHER WAGES'

'WE TRY FOR HIGHEST PRICES'

-uncomfortable

-shows notion of capitalism and foreshadows his change

-well justified argument but gets shut down-birling reacts angrily

-shows ignornace of upper class

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eric in the middle of the play

SELFISH

has exploits eva showing a symbol of capitalism exploitation-his greed creates distress for eva

drunken and stole money to support baby

'WHEN CHAP EASILY  TURNS NASTY'

-'EASILY' adverb, disturbing connotaions and frightens audience

-implies behavour is common and the norm

-EXTENDED METAPHOR-audiuence wonder if conservative oarty and ideas are too used in trivila manner at exoense of lower class

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eric in the middle of the play

SELFISH

'SHE WAS A GOOD SPORT'

-Objectification of women

-symbol of upper sbusing lower class

-designated 2 sins of gluttony and lust

-'sport' noun dehumises her ans implies he uses her for pleaure to pass time 

 

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eric in the middle of the play

EMOTIONAL

(bursting out) 'YOUR BEGINNINGG TO PRETEND NO W THAT NOTHING REALLY HAPPENED'

-effected emotionally by her death

OEDIUS COMPLEX-SHOWS OEPIPAL CHARACTERISTSICS OF CHALLENGING IS FATHER

FOESHADOWS HIM BECOMING A SOCIALIST 

REPRESENTS CLASH BETWEEN capitalism AND SOCIALISM

 'THE GIRLS STILL DEAD ISNT SHE'

-DISTRESSED AND UNDERTASNDS GRAVITY OF SITUATION CANT UNDERTSND WHY OTHER DONT

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eric in the middle of the play

'SHE DIDNT KNOW WHAT TO DO'

-she -personal pronoun- shows lack of significnace not using her name

-shows she was the weaker one in relationship

'YES I INSISTED'

-forcing himnslef on her

'IT SEEMS'

-trying to sitance himself from guilt

'DOESNT CHNAGE FACT WE KILLED HER'

-seeing hes part of problem

-beginning accept responsibility 

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eric at end of play

'ID HAVE LET HER STAY'

-challneging authority-prietslys voice echoing socialist equality 

-pronoun' her' generlises his belief for working class citizens

when finds out about mrs birlinggs involve he is ashamed of her

'then-YOU KILLED HER.SHE CAME TO YOU TO PROETCT ME-YOUR TUEND HER AWAY-YES-AND YOU KILLED HER TOO-AND THE CHILD TOO-

POLYSYNTHTIC LIST

Using conjuctions 'and'

emphasises her balem and extent of treatment of lower class

 -personal pronoun 'my' which shows that Eric accepts his child as part of the family, even though the mother isn't from the same class as him

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eric at end of play

'half shy and asseretive'

contrast with now,

holds anxiety for poor but was powerful with women

symbolic as prostly implying erics struggles as he want be socilaist yet presuures of being capitalist

'MY GOD IM NOT LIKELY TO FORGET'

-young more impressionable

'IM ASHAMED OF BOTH YOU'

-declaritive

-standing up to parents

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eric at end of play

'half shy and asseretive'

contrast with now,

holds anxiety for poor but was powerful with women

symbolic as prostly implying erics struggles as he want be socilaist yet presuures of being capitalist

'MY GOD IM NOT LIKELY TO FORGET'

-young more impressionable

'IM ASHAMED OF BOTH YOU'

-declaritive

-standing up to parents

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