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An Inspector Calls Task: The relationship between Eric and his father, Mr Birling: How satisfactory is it?

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An Inspector Calls Task: The relationship between Eric and his father, Mr Birling: How satisfactory is it? In my opinion, I do not feel the relationship between Eric and his father is a satisfactory one. This is of course in relation to what I myself think is a satisfactory father son relationship. I derived from the passage that somewhere along the route to his university years Eric lost contact with his father's world. There seems to be little or no interactions between the two and their relationship, if you can call it that has disintegrated so much that they are merely two people who know one another and share residency. The repercussions of this are that Eric is immensely unhappy and has resorted to drink as an escape route from his world. In searching for an escape route, he is with no other respectable aim. Instead he turns to the dives of the town, the infamous Palace Bar. Here, he looks to find sex and drink, which he does successfully and meets Eva Smith who we know dies a tragic death which, may or may not have occurred if it were not for these two very different Birlings, Eric and Arthur. Arthur Birling is not a bad hearted man; he has just become so besotted with his business that business has become his life and his hearts love is focused on business. ...read more.


But that is not at all what happens; they both have different approaches to life. Eric may not accept his father's approach to life, but his father does not even think about his son having a different approach. It is all laid out to him, and his to duly follow. Mr Birling does not listen to his son and leads his son to feel inadequacy, which I would not even wish upon my worst of enemies. I can only imagine how the feeling of inadequacy affects the brain. What happens to Eric in the story gives me a little insight however, he becomes aimless and sex and drink become his life's focal points. If only they could share their pros then Eric and his father would have not only had a good father son relationship, they would have themselves been very good people. A young compassionate man with a business mind of some sort and his father a well educated in business man with a heart. Maybe if this was true a life would have been spared in this so cruel world we live in. In my opinion it is Mr Birling, with his capitalist approach to life who starts off a rollercoaster through hell for Eva Smith. When she is made redundant by Birling, she goes through hurdle after hurdle and I would like to say she leaped over them, but alas she didn't and the consequences are dire. ...read more.


This again just shows how dissatisfactory this relationship is. It is not only dissatisfactory, but unhealthy and fatal in this case but not to them, they are lucky, the repercussions of their actions take a beautiful creature off our earth. I feel that in this story Priestleys's message is more than a message and more of a sermon. His words hit my ear drums with a strange feeling of acceptance, maybe because what he is 'teaching' us is right. He teaches us that people thinking and acting selfish and generally being capitalists will lead to the destruction of society. More and more Eva Smiths and 'John Smiths' will come along and more will of course suffer the same dreadful fate, unless our terrible and life compromising ways are dissolve and more socialistic views are adopted. Everyone is intertwined with one another and this example just shows us that it happens to the very top members of our society. Where a family may look pristine, may actually be torn apart and going through hell. Behind every lavish coating of wallpaper, we found the same in each house, mortar and bricks. Under our clothes and beyond our plump bellies we all have a heart some weaker than others but we still are all susceptible to hurt and pain. Money CANNOT buy happiness, no one, not one single soul is happy at the end if this tale. Where the children seek changes in their lives and lifestyles, their parents stand petrified to the ways of before. ...read more.

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