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An Inspector calls

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An Inspector calls-GCSE Coursework Compare and contrast the reactions of the younger and older members of the Birling family to the Inspector's visit. During the key scenes in particular and the play in general the reactions of the younger and older members of the Birling family differ dramatically from one another to the 'investigation' of Inspector Goole. Priestly wanted a very specific set to be seen by the audience so that a particular impression is seen. They are perceived as an upper class, aristocratic family. From the start of the Play the audience is drawn straight into the family's custom. It shows us the importance of class and manner. The play was written in 1946 and set in an evening in spring 1912 apparently on the eve of the sinking of the Titanic. The family are all in evening dress of the period, sitting around in the dining-room of a fairly large suburban house. This is how the family member's attitude differs when the inspector questions them. Mr and Mrs Birling are the upper-class older generation. They feel nothing for the dead girl and show no remorse or guilt. They don't see Daisy Renton/Eva Smith as the same as them and they think that she isn't capable of having the same feelings or relationships as them. ...read more.


He shows sympathy to Eva when he hears that she lost her job in the Birling factory. He responds to Gerald's "couldn't have done anything else" with" he could. He could have kept her on instead of throwing her out. I call it tough luck." Eric differs from his farther, Mr Birling had to make his way up the social ladder, whereas Eric was born into wealth and privilege, and so he lacks the instinctive 'self made man' outlook of his farther. Sheila contrasts sharply to her parents by the honest and realistic way she regards things. They are on high moral ground and show no compassion what so ever for the situation. Whereas; Sheila is possibly the most sympathetic out of the Birling family. She is a highly perceptive character and is the first to become conscious of the 'inspectors' abnormality, she is aware of the mystery surrounding him and soon realises his supernatural knowledge and understandings, yet realises there is no point in hiding any of the facts from him. "Why-you fool-he knows. Of course he knows and I hate to think how much he knows that we don't yet" Sheila regards the 'inspector' differently from the rest of her family, she warns her mother not to demean him-"you mustn't try to build up a kind of wall between us and that girl. ...read more.


But the way some of these cranks talk and write now,, you'd think everybody has to look after everybody else, as if were all mixed up together like bee's in a hive-community and all that nonsense. But take my word for it, you youngsters-and I've learnt in the good had school of experience-that a man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own-and-" The wars (particularly World War II) brought the higher and lower classes together. Clothes rationing meant everyone wore utility clothing and looked the same and women now had better rights. People were more supportive of each other and there was less indifference to social inequality. Priestley saw that the war had changed society and everyone was much closer and more equal. I think he believed this was a better way of living and he wanted to show us we should live more equally. He tried to do this through his plays and his radio broadcasts. "An Inspector Calls" was written to put Priestley's message across (which still applies today) but also, by providing thought-provoking theatre, to help cheer up the nation after World War II. He achieved it by writing a play that's interesting, mysterious and that forces you to think about it. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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