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Look again at the engagement party at the beginning of the party, up to the point where the Inspector first enters. In what ways does Priestley present Mr. Birling to us here so that we are prepared for his attitudes and behaviour in the rest of the play?

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Introduction

Look again at the engagement party at the beginning of the party, up to the point where the Inspector first enters. In what ways does Priestley present Mr. Birling to us here so that we are prepared for his attitudes and behaviour in the rest of the play? (Refer in detail to language and events) At the very start of the play, it has already showed that Authur Birling is in charge of everything, even the port they are drinking. "Now then, Sybil, you must take a little tonight." He is the head of the family. He is a successful businessman. He is always looking forward that the two companies (belong to him and Gerald's dad) ...read more.

Middle

"Don't worry. We've passed the worst of it. We employers at last are coming together to see that our interests - and the interests of Capital - are properly protected. However, in 1912, there was the Lawrence textile strike. He says technological progress will continue and gives the Titanic as an example. He says it is "and unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable." However, the audience would have known that the Titanic had sunk. When Eric asks whether there is going to be a war. He says "And to that I say - fiddlesticks! The Germans don't want war." However, the audience also knows that two years later, there was World War One. ...read more.

Conclusion

"You see, I was Lord Mayor here two years ago when Royalty visited us. And I've always been regarded as a sound useful party man. So - well - I gather there's a very good chance of a knighthood" Arthur Birling's life is all about money and power. He is trapped in a limited world where business is more important than people are and men in authority and business stick together to unite in making money. He is very traditional in his views. He always thinks of himself first and believes that is the only way to get through life. Priestley presents Mr. Birling to us in these ways before the Inspector first enters so that we are prepared for his attitudes and behaviour in the rest of the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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