English Literature: An Inspector Call Theme - Men and Women

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What is Priestley asking the audience to think about - linked to gender.
How people are treated differently because of their gender.
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What are women supposed to be obsessed with? How is this shown in the play?
"pretty clothes", shopping and weddings - Sheila gazes adoringly into her ring and asks "is it the one you wanted me to have?"
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What are women supposed to be protected from?
"unpleasant and disturbing things"
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Which three stereotypical female traits does Sheila get Eva sacked because of?
Pride, vanity and jealously.
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Which state is Sheila accused of being? - it was often associated with women in 1912.
Hysterical.
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When are men stereotypically preoccupied with? Give an example from the play.
Work and public affairs. e.g "the miners came out on strike"
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Describe a different rule between men and women that is also present in the play.
There are different rules for men and women. Gerald is allowed to sleep around before his marriage, Sheila isn't. Arthur says that even in his day they "broke out and had a bit of fun sometimes.
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What does Gerald feel his duty - as a man - is?
To rescue from the womanising Alderman Meggarty.
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Which characters challenge their stereotype?
Eva and Sheila - the two young women
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In which two ways does Eva/Daisy try to rebel and break out of the roles society has given her?
She questioned the decision of her boss instead of quietly accepting it, and instead of relying on a man to save her, she refused to accept Eric's stolen money.
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In which way does Sheila try to rebel and break out of the roles society has given her?
She interrupts and challenges everyone at times, apart from the inspector.
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What happens to the strength of characters as the play progresses? Why does Priestley do this?
Birling and Gerald get weaker, as Sheila get's stronger. Priestley does this to challenge the audience's view of women at the time.
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How has Sheila become Stronger?
She's rejected Gerald, and has stated her own opinions, not those she's supposed to have - "That's what's important - and not whether a man is a police officer or not" She's learnt to think for herself.
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How has Arthur become weaker?
The whole night has undermined his authority. He's "panic-stricken" as he speaks the final line - a very different man from the one at the beginning.
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How has Gerald become weaker?
He's been rejected by Sheila - she's in charge.
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What are women supposed to be obsessed with? How is this shown in the play?

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"pretty clothes", shopping and weddings - Sheila gazes adoringly into her ring and asks "is it the one you wanted me to have?"

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What are women supposed to be protected from?

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Which three stereotypical female traits does Sheila get Eva sacked because of?

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Which state is Sheila accused of being? - it was often associated with women in 1912.

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