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Mr Birling as a character in "An Inspector Calls".

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´╗┐An Inspector Calls Inspector Calls, by J.B. Priestly, displays a range of diverse characters. An important figure who stands out from the rest is Mr Arthur Birling. Mr Birling is a prominent character in the play and is a ?heavy-looking, rather portentous man in his middle fifties with fairly easy manners but rather provincial in his speech.? His physical appearance is similar to Winston Churchill; Priestly may be trying to prove a point here. Mr Birling is pleased with what he has achieved throughout his life, but his eagerness for being knighted is emphasised on page 8 as he mentions it twice and even says, ?I gather there?s a very good chance of a knighthood,? (Heinemann Plays Edition). This shows the reader how boastful Mr Birling is and how he likes to brag about his status. Also, he states, ?it?s exactly the same port your father gets from him,? whilst talking to Gerald, to indicate he is on similar levels or the same class as Gerald?s father. ...read more.


is at unease by the casual reply of the Inspector, ?Quite so.? The Inspector?s calm tone shows he isn?t affected by these facts and is confident with what he has to say. We know now the Inspector isn?t here to play games. Birling?s attitude towards Eva Smith?s death also interests us because it is the exact opposite of Eric?s and Sheila?s. Eric has the immediate reaction of, ?My God!? His stage direction is involuntarily, showing us he wanted to keep his reaction inside, in the event he exposes something clandestine. Sheila?s reaction is less instant, as she pauses for a moment to take it all in then express herself, ?Oh ? how horrible!? However, both of Birling?s children have a similar response. Birling initial reaction was, ?Yes, yes. Horrid business.? The stage direction, rather impatiently? tells us he could not care less, which portrays him as a cold individual. This also tells us he does not want to be involved with a ?country-bred? as he feels he is much more worthy. ...read more.


He takes no particular interest in his daughter?s happiness, except for, ?She?ll make you happy and I?m sure you?ll make her happy,? and ?Here?s wishing the pair of you the very best that life can bring.? Then carries on talking about business, ?Your father and I have been friendly rivals in business for some time now.? This upsets Sheila and she agrees with her mother, Mrs Cybil Birling, who thinks Birling shouldn?t ?talk business on an occasion like this.? From this, we can deduce the fact that, Mr birling thinks more of his business than he does of his daughter?s wedding. The aspect given to us, at the beginning, was Mr Birling was a kind-hearted and welcoming man. Later on through the play, his inner self was shown and he was displayed as ignorant and selfish. In the end, the play leaves Birling with the chills, as he did not expect the unexpected. ...read more.

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