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An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestly - In this essay, I will examine, compare, and contrast the roles of the three women in the play.

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An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestly In this essay, I will examine, compare, and contrast the roles of the three women in the play. The three women are different from each other in almost everyway. One is a poor, working, class girl, who is a victim of society. The second is a wealthy middle class girl, who represents the heart of society and a new generation of middle class women; the last is a wealthy, middle class homemaker, who believes in traditional values. Each of the three characters represents the structure of society at that time. Eva Smith (Daisy Renton) represents the victims of Edwardian society, because she is not wealthy or well off, like Sheila and Mrs. Birling. Instead, she is a normal working class girl, who is fired and whilst she is out of work, she becomes pregnant, by the Birlings. She manages to go on until she feels that everyone is against her. She is alone and no one supports her. The upper class look down at her, treating her as if she is nothing. Ordinary working class women were expected to do as they were told and not to cause trouble. Sheila is Mrs. ...read more.


"When you're married you'll realise that men with important work to do, sometimes have to spend nearly all their time and energy on their business." She is a social climber because she wants to increase her status, by marrying Sheila into another rich, well off family. She is aware of her authority, and she talks down on everyone and believes she is right all the time. She blames the Inspector for encouraging Sheila, "You seem to have made a great impression on this child, Inspector." The inspector agrees with Sheila, Mrs. Birling cannot believe what she is hearing, "I beg your pardon!", and "I consider this as a trifle impertinent, inspector." She is unforgiving because she says that Eva had made everyone her, "I think she had only herself to blame." Mrs. Birling is used to getting her own way, because she influences other people to refuse to help Eva. "Owing it to your influence, as the most prominent member of the committee, that help was refused to the girl." She is more concerned about her reputation then anyone committing suicide. She tells Sheila what she has done. At the end of the play, she is not concerned about what she has done, only that no one else should know about it. ...read more.


Each person is drawn in systematically. Gradually everyone is interviewed, and drawn into the same room where they all hear each member of the family's involvement. When Sheila and Mrs. Birling interact, it is like a game of literal tennis. One trying to persuade the other one to listen, and the other one just ignoring her. I think that the message J.B. Priestly is trying to convey is that there will always be a victim, and things that needs to change, if there is hope for the future. There are many other people suffering around the world, and that we should help them, not to ignore them or make their lives harder. In addition, that everyone is equal, and that everyone deserves an equal proper chance. These three women are moral symbols in the story. The women in society at that time were seen as workers, lower than the men, and were expected to do as they were told. The people at the time were also arrogant for example; they said that the Titanic was an unsinkable ship. They thought they were right, and almost invincible. I think that J.B. Priestly wanted to show that people at that time were not mighty or invincible, and what a better way of doing than in a play which exposes their faults. ...read more.

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