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An Inspector Calls.

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An Inspector Calls The setting of this play is Edwardian England just before the Great War. It is set in a grand and luxurious house; it's typical of that era, with fine a mahogany dining table and sturdy oak cupboards. Mr Birling has created a successful and prosperous business called Birling and Co. The company's main competitors are Crofts Ltd. The occasion at the start of they play is the celebration of Gerald Croft and Sheila Birling's engagement. They are perfectly happy and enjoying life to its fullest, smoking cigars and indulging in some of the finest ports money can buy. Gerald Croft is the son of the even more successful business man, who owns Crofts Ltd. This engagement will not only be good for Mr. Birling's daughter it will also be good for the business. It is the pinnacle of the Birling family's success, or so it seems. The Birling family is made up of Arthur Birling who is the farther, Sheila who is the daughter, Sybil Birling the mother and Eric who is the son. The Birling family are very smug, complacent and self-satisfied with their wealth and place in society. Arthur Birling insists on giving everyone his philosophies of life, which total oblivious to what is actually going on in the real world. ...read more.


Gerald flatters Mr. Birling, by agreeing with his pompous opinions and doesn't argue with him (unlike Eric). When Birling is explaining why he sacked Eva, Gerald approves of his decision - "I know we'd have done the same thing." Gerald is quicker to grasp the situation that he is in, and after a half, hearted attempt to persuade Sheila to leave the room so as to be protected from hearing of his creepy affair, seems to accept that she isn't going to leave. Mrs Birling is a rather cold woman, extremely snobbish, and sees people who are in a lower social level as 'beneath' her. Just because she is a lady of the upper class with an important husband, she firmly believes that she 'deserves' to be treated with complete respect and not to be told what to do. She likes to bully people because of her superior position in society just like Mr. Birling does. Mrs Birling feels no guilt whatsoever for what she did to Eva Smith "I accept no blame at all." Mrs Birling's behaviour towards Eva is possibly the most dreadful, for while Sheila and Eric also acted selfishly, Mrs Birling's actions affected not only Eva herself, but also her child, "your own grandchild." ...read more.


Smith is one of the most common names used all across Britain. Eva smith represents the hard working class of people that should be encouraged and thanked by such families as the Birling's I don't think that Eva Smith was meant to be one person. She is a symbol of common people all throughout the country. Smith is one of the most common names in Britain and Daisy is the most common flower. So I think that the girls are a symbol of many people all around Britain who are in exactly the same position as Eva was. The daisy is walked over all the time without us even noticing it and I also think that the name is a symbol for this. I think that the Birling family represent people of power; they could do so much with all the money that they have, but they chose not to. People like Eva need a lot of help to get them started, and the Birling's could help them do that. To conclude this I believe that the Birling's should have helped Eva and given her more of a chance but also they shouldn't do this for one person only. They should treat all people in a 'lower classes with more respect and treat them better. I think that no one person was to blame for the death of Eva Smith, but it was all them altogether. ...read more.

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