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What do we learn about British society in 1912 through the character in 'An Inspector calls' By J.B.Priestly?

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Rebecca shorten Year 11 Mrs Beighton What do we learn about British society in 1912 through the character in 'An Inspector calls' By J.B.Priestly? 'An inspector calls' By J.B. Priestly was written in 1945. It is set in the dining room of a fairly large suborn house. The city the live in is called Brumley. The dining room shows that the family living there is wealthy, well off, well looked after. They seem like a respectable family of their community. With the opening line spoken by Mr Birling ' you ought to like this port Gerald. As a matter of fact, Finchley told me it is the same port your father gets.' This shows us the family is high in society as in 1912 port would only be available to people that had the money to buy it. In the first act they are celebrating the engagement of Gerald Croft to Shelia Birling. ...read more.


They would not have unemployment benefits as men would because the men high in society would not allow it, men brought money to the family not women. We learn Eva's life was a roller coaster ride of emotions. It had good points like meeting Gerald, having somewhere to stay, and having bad points like becoming pregnant and having little money. With the money Eva earned she could barely afford to buy food, as she had to pay for her room, which took most of her wages. Working class women did not receive health care and they had poor living conditions and sanitation problems, such as their toilet was a bowl that had to be emptied by throwing it out the window. This would cause many people to become ill, as the germs would be travelling in the air The strike that occurs in Birlings factory was on the terms 'women were not getting equal rights.' ...read more.


But she was sadly mistaken. In the text the upper classes were Mr Birling and Gerald Croft and the Inspector. They drank port wore expensive clothes, owned their own businesses and ate sophisticated foods. In working class families it would be a bed sit with brown walls and floors with only a desk, bed and a pan in the room. This is appalling compared to today's living standards. Well-paid people live in the same sort of houses as working class families and women have equal rights to men. Some women even get paid more than men. More women bring the money in to the household, as most unemployed are men. We are no longer in a time where a new boat is exciting for example the titanic. We have moved on and we are working toward everyone men women and a child having better lives and equal rights. No one is higher in status, they think they are, that is what causes the downfall in our society today. We are all equal and in those times I think it when we realised it. ...read more.

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