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"An inspector calls" What do you learn about Arthur Birling from the first 16 pages?

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Introduction

"An inspector calls" What do you learn about Arthur Birling from the first 16 pages? In the first sixteen pages of "an inspector calls: by J.B Priestly you learn that Arthur Birling is a capitalist and is pompous. He sees himself of a high status and lives in an upper class house with upper class service. He has a butler and a servant who sees to the door and serves and cooks food for them. He has achieved his status through marrying Mrs. Birling and through working very hard to reach a prime position. He originally came from a lower class background. When Edna, the maid/servant, brings in the port in the opening pages; Mr. ...read more.

Middle

The inspector sees through the wall he is faced with and is nor afraid of Birling. He says, "I'm afraid not" showing he is pursuing his goal. Throughout the play Birling has a habit of embarrassing or confronting his family, and Gerald, with difficult situations. The first is when he is rambling on about what he thinks is to happen in the future. His speech shows he is pompous and has no foresight. Also what he says is the exact opposite of what happens and for the reader is dramatic irony. As he gets to the end of his speech Mrs. Birling interrupts "Arthur!" She is embarrassed about him talking and wants him to stop showing her up. ...read more.

Conclusion

Mr Birling sees Gerald is feeling awkward and so tries to apologize "No, Gerald that's all right. Don't blame her!" In society Mr Birling is a capitalist, his beliefs are shown when he talks about his business and his workers and the way he treats them. "Well it's my duty to keep labour costs down!" He believes that people are what they make themselves to be. He has worked his way up to a high class and sees that other people should do that too. Overall Arthur Birling is a selfish and pompous capitalist. He has no cares for anyone but himself and his family name. His main aim is to have a good business and to live the life of luxury, he has established over the years, with his family. Fiona Allen ...read more.

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