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An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestly I have chosen Sheila and Mr Birling for my two characters because they are completely different from each other and the events which take place in the play change them both in different ways

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GCSE English Literature Coursework An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestly I have chosen Sheila and Mr Birling for my two characters because they are completely different from each other and the events which take place in the play change them both in different ways. Mr Birling is presented as a strong willed individual who only thinks of himself and sometimes of those close to him. He is also made to sound unrealistic and stupid in what he says because he mentions about the Titanic not sinking and the prospect of war being merely a rumour and that it will never happen - but the audience who were viewing the play would have known that the Titanic had sunk and two world wars had taken place. Sheila is presented as a pretty girl in her twenties and is said to have been pleased with life and excited. ...read more.

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Arthur Birling was very full of himself and snobby before the Inspector arrived. He was presented as a hard headed business man who thought very highly of himself and did not like lower class people or to mix with them, a quote to support this is: ' The way some of these cranks talk and write now, you'd think everybody has to look after everybody else, as if we were all mixed up together like bees in a hive - community and all that nonsense' Birling thinks he holds a lot of good advice, 'Just let me finish Eric. You've a lot to learn yet. And I'm talking as a hard- headed business man. And I say there isn't a chance of war. The world's developing so fast that it'll make war impossible. ...read more.

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When the inspector arrives Mr Birling is not at all happy about being accused for Eva Smith's suicide and he keeps making excuses to avoid taking blame. Inspector: 'A chain of events' Mr Birling: 'Oh well - put it like that, there's something in what you say. Still, I can't accept any responsibility. I f we were all responsible for everything that happened to everybody we'd had anything to do with, it would be very awkward wouldn't it?' Mr Birling stands accused of making a young girl (Eva Smith), who used to work for him, commit suicide. He is told that because he sacked her she was left with nothing and was resorted to ending her life. He refuses to accept responsibility. Inspector: 'No. She wanted to end her life. She felt she couldn't go on any longer.' Mr Birling: 'Well don't tell me that's because I discharged her from my employment nearly two years ago.' ...read more.

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