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Our presentation is about the play, "An Inspector Calls".

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Our Presentation... Jamie: Our presentation is about the play, "An Inspector Calls". Sophie: The play is set in 1912, and is about a well-off family called "The Birlings" who live in a town called Brawton. Emma: The family consists of "Mr. Birling", his wife "Sybil", their son "Eric" and their daughter "Sheila". In the play there is also another man present, called "Gerald Croft", who has recently become engaged to Sheila Birling. Stacey: The general view about society within this group is that everyone should look after themselves. This is the view of self suffering. Jamie: Mr Birling is an industrialist and believed in keeping production costs down and profit up. In this respect he is a very selfish man. Stacey: It becomes apparent that he doesn't care about welfare for his workers and is only concerned about the amount of profit he can accumulate. Sophie: Sybil Birling is Mr Birling's wife. She is more upper-class than her husband. She is his social superior, and shows it a lot. She does intimidate her husband but doesn't really challenge his role as leader of the family. ...read more.


Emma: The inspector questions Birling in a way that Birling is not accustomed to. For example Mr Birling was explaining the circumstances of the strike and says "Of course I refused", referring to the suggested pay rise. The inspector asks him why he refused. This shocks Birling and as he isn't used to being asked about it and presumes everyone should share his view of keeping profit up. Sophie: The inspector continues questioning Birling and as his examination continues Birling evidently becomes intimidated and attempts to scare the inspector. He frequently brings up evidence of his authority and how superior to the inspector he is. Stacey: Birling was a mayor at one point and brings this up to intimidate the inspector. He also brings up his friendship with the chief constable of police. Like he is threatening the inspector by having a 'little chat' to his boss about his behaviour. Emma: The inspector is a moral angel, so to speak. He appears just after we hear Birling's view on how someone should act towards others. He says "A man has to mind his own business and has to look after himself." ...read more.


Sophie: The two male leaders in the group are Mr Birling and Gerald Croft. They both think that women are weak and should be protected and kept form unpleasant things. Stacey: The inspector also challenges this view of male patriarchy. He doesn't seem to agree that Eva Smith was at fault for being destitute. Emma: In fact we learn that after Eva Smith losses her job in Birlings factory she became employed in a place called "Milwards". Jamie: Milwards is a clothes shop that Sheila Birling frequents, and we also learn that Sheila causes Eva to be dismissed from her new job. Sophie: This is classic evidence as to how people with economic power can control the lives of those beneath them in this stance. Emma: The general theme of the play is the revelation of problems in society at this time. Jamie: The dramatic irony in the play about the industrial revolution sets an attitude of failure about the family. Emma: For example the Titanic is mentioned. Jamie: Mr Birling places it as a huge success for Britain, where as he knows it will fail. Sophie: In some respects the family and its views are like this, failing in the near future. ...read more.

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