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How does J. B. Priestly ensure that the audience has formed an opinion of Mr. Birling before the Inspector enters?

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Saturday 26th November An Inspector Calls How does J. B. Priestly ensure that the audience has formed an opinion of Mr. Birling before the Inspector enters? An Inspector calls is a play set in spring 1912. The writer, J. B. Priestly, tries to build up a view of Mr Birling through the set, stage directions and in his speeches. The production starts with the four Birlings and Gerald sitting around a table. The table is laid out with fine china and champagne. This shows that Mr Birling is trying very hard to impress Gerald and that they are having a celebration of some kind. The table has no cloth because the Birlings are trying to show off their fine furniture. Their maid, Edna, is replacing these items with cigars, cigarettes and a decanter of Port. ...read more.

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The only reason he lets Gerald marry Shelia is that he hopes that their companies may unite and he may be able to get more money. He also thinks that he is always right and that he can predict the future. He says that 'the titanic...and unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable' this is Ironic as the audience knows that the titanic sank on its maiden voyage. Also 'there's not a chance of war... Silly little war scares' again we know that there was a World war in 1914-1918 and another one in 1939-1945 so again we know that he is totally wrong. We know a lot about Mr Birling's social class from the set and his actions. His home is richly decorated but not homelike and contains no antiques, this shows that he has only recently made his money. ...read more.

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You can see this in the stage directions 'after a pause with a touch of impatience' Mr Birling sees himself as a figurehead for society as he was lord mayor for two years,' lord mayor for 2 years' he thinks the whole world is at his command and that he knows everything. However he does not know everything about his family. His son, daughter and wife all have secrets. As we learn later on in the play every single member of the Birling family has a secret that connects them to Eva Smith and her death. But Mr Birling has absolutely that they were. The audience gets a good image of Mr Birling through the way that J. B. Priestly makes him act and the things he says. This is good as the audience can relate all of his actions back to the way that he is presented and understand why he does the things he does. ...read more.

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