English Literature: An Inspector Call Theme - Family Life

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What is hierarchy?
A way of ranking people according to status or authority.
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What were wealthy middle class men expected to do in 1912?
Work to support their 'perfect family, and protect women - especially their wives and daughters.
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What were wealthy middle class women expected to do in 1912?
Marry into money so they didn't have to work, and plan parties, visit friends and have children. They didn't do jobs like washing, cooking or cleaning.
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What were family members in the middle class in 1912 expected to do?
Know their role, and be content with their position.
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What was the role of a middle class parent in 1912?
To be in charge of the family.
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What was the role of a middle class child in 1912?
To be obedient and unquestioning.
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What jobs did working class men and women do? (2)
Worked in factories or as servants.
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What do the Birlings want everyone to believe about them?
That they're a perfect family.
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How are the gender roles in the Birling family clearly defined?
The ladies 'withdraw' to let the men talk about 'male' stuff.
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That three things suggest that their is tension in the Birling family at the beginning of the play.
Mrs Birling keeps correcting her family's social mistakes, Eric laughs out of turn and acts oddly and Sheila teases Gerald half playfully, but also "half serious" about last summer.
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When is the hierarchy at the beginning destroyed?
When the inspector arrives.
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Without her parent's influence, what decision does Sheila not know what she's going to do?
Whether she'l marry Gerald or not, she needs time to decide for herself.
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What his parent's influence, what does Eric say to his mother, and his father?
He says his mother doesn't "understand anything" and that Birling's "not the kind of father a chap could go to" for help.
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By the end of the play the family is in a mess, and Sheila and Eric refuse to "go on behaving just as we did" What does this show?
They don't want to pretend any more. The parents no longer have any authority over their children.
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