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How does Priestly present Mrs Birling?

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Introduction

How does Priestly present Mrs Birling? In 'An Inspector Calls' Priestley presents the character of Mrs Birling in many ways and using many different devices. Before the dialogue of the play begins there is a short description of the set, lighting and characters. Priestly has used this description to make the audience think that Mrs Birling is a cold, bitter woman. A quote to show this is: 'His wife is about fifty, a rather cold woman and her husband's social superior.' From this quote we can see that Priestly has used a cluster of 3 to emphasise the key details of Mrs Birling, which are negative. ...read more.

Middle

At the beginning of Act II when Mrs Birling greets the Inspector with with a warm welcome she is merely maintaining a cool and superficial exterior for the Inspector so that she feels in control. She introduces herself as if the Inspector should know who she is. A quote to show this is: '(same easy tone) I'm Mrs Birling, y'know.' From this quote we can see that her tone of voice is easy as she is relaxed but it is also snobbish and full of self-importance. She does not feel threatened by the Inspector and her casual language shows this. However just like Mr Birling when he says, 'And to that I say fiddlesticks! ...read more.

Conclusion

There is sophisticated vocabulary here such as 'prosperous manufacturer'. This gives the effect that she and her family are sophisticated to. Priestly also shows that she did not seem to be guilty or ashamed about turning Eva away but was worried about the scandal of it all. Even Mr Birling was shocked at her treatment of Eva. This suggests that she cares more about her appearance and pride than her morals. A quote to show this is: '(dubiously) I must say, Sybil, that when this comes out at the inquest, it isn't going to do us much good. The Press might easily take it up -' ... 'I did nothing that I'm ashamed of.' Priestley has purposefully used her interrogation with the Inspector to show her cruel nature. ...read more.

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