The Inspector- An Inspector Calls quotes

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"Massiveness, solidity and purposefulness"-Fulfills role in play, more function than character. Mouthpiece for Priestley and audience.Teacher, role model, father.
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"Disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person"-More teaching lessons and morals than an Inspector.Seems omniscient.
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"A chain of events"-Symbolic of way he works and way Priestley thinks society works.All actions have consequences.
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"It's my duty to ask questions"-Birling has narrow view of duty, Inspector has wide view of duty.
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"I don't play golf"-Not intimidated by Birling.
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"She wasn't pretty when i saw her today"-Inspector horrible to stubborn people.
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"Cheap labour.Ask your father"-Makes Sheila realise her life is built on suffering of others.
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"Your daughter isn't living on the moon"-Inspector sticking up for Sheila because she's changed. He can see that Sheila isn't respected by her parents/
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"You have no hope of not discussing it"-Overrides Mrs Birling's authority, isn't intimated by Birling's.
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"He needs a drink now just to see him through"-More of a father to Eric than Mr Birling as he knows Eric has a conscience like Sheila.
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"Millions of Eva Smith's and John Smith's"- Eva is archetype for working class.Inspector saying they all suffer so families like the Birling's can live a life of luxury.
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"All intertwined with our lives"-Eva was in each of their lives. Actions of Birling's affect working class.
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"Taught in fire and blood and anguish"-Links to people not learning lesson after WW1, led to WW2. Also, Mr+Mrs Birling and Gerald didn't learn lessons. Phone call is reminder of WW2.
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Anonymous04

Does this play not suggest that Mr Birling doesn't care about anyone or anything but his wife and Gerald due tongue fact that Gerald will allow him to move up on the social ladder and Mrs Birling because she is "her husband's social superior"? So if he was to contradict to anything she says, he has to agree and make her proud, as he obviously was married to a woman of a higher class that him, so if he loses her, his reputation will collapse... I'm very confused as to whether this is a good enough interpretation to add to my essay

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