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In what Way Does Priestly Present The Conflict Between The Classes In This Play?

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In what Way Does Priestly Present The Conflict Between The Classes In This Play? I am writing an essay based on the title question" In what ways does Priestly present the conflict between the classes in this play "I am studying the text: "An Inspector calls" written by JB Priestly. I have organized my ideas in a detailed response. By first making a point then focusing on a quote from either of these pages: 2 and 46 and concluding with some analysis relating back to the essay question. I perceive Conflict as a disagreement, argument or battle. It can be perceived as either internal or external. Internal conflict is often conflict within an individual often emotional or turmoil, In comparison to external conflict, which is between individuals, groups or a society. Conflict is very important within a play as it depends on conflict and tension to involve it's audience, challenging and hiding their attention, because we are all experienced with some sort of tension in our lives. We are able to identify with the feelings of the characters we see before us even if the details of the situation are foreign to us. ...read more.


He will never alter his ways and leaves it to the younger generation to learn from his mistakes. Mr would consider himself of a higher class than the likes of Edna, as shown in the very beginning of the play "All right Edna I'll ring from the drawing room when we want coffee." Mr Birling shows some, what little respect for Edna. He treats her as though she were of a lower class than him probably without even realizing it. Conflict could erupt here because of Mr Birling's ignorance. Mr Birling's ignorance could also ignite conflict within the family. His relationships between his children show that he expects them to defer to his opinions. He treats them as if though they were still l un-nurtured children. This is shown when Eric attempts to rudely interrupt Mr Birling. "Yes, I know-but still-." "What about War." However he fails to do so. Mr Birling however, is very annoyed by Eric's actions and timing. A sense of irony is also recognized as; Mr Birling seems to be very optimistic about the future and dismisses prospects such as outbreaks of war and strikes. ...read more.


Mrs. clearly feels that she is not entitled to these. In conclusion to this essay I can say that Priestly presents conflict mainly through External relationships. The main characters and their relationship with Eva are all examples of conflict between classes. They all treat her similarly because at the time the Birling family had the same-blinded view on social classes. Ignorance and pettiness got in the way of fairness and blindness. Alcohol also played a part in representing the Birlings for who they are and their social status. Alcohol was introduced at the very beginning of the play instantly causing conflict in general. There was internal conflict within the family as well as external. The main character Mr. Birling caused some tension and conflict within the family because of his hardheaded business like attitude. A perfect example of this how he treated Edna. The Birling family as a whole were blinded by class and money and didn't pay enough attention to the persons true character. Overall Priestly puts across his own view of what he believed to be different social classes and how they acted toward each other. 7/5/2003 Elicia Atkinson 10CL ...read more.

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