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Write about the character of Mr Birling and his importance to the play.

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Introduction

Write about the character of Mr Birling and his importance to the play. You may want to consider: 1. His views and beliefs at the start of the play 2. The way he reacts to the Inspector 3. His attitude at the end of the play. Mr Birling?s views and beliefs at the start of the play show us that he is an arrogant and conceited man. He is very concerned with his place in society and within his family. We know this at the start of the play when he tells Gerald, with great pride, that he may soon receive a ?knighthood? from the Queen. ...read more.

Middle

Priestley ridicules these beliefs by including within this speech the statement, ?Look at the Titanic! Absolutely unsinkable!? ? when in fact the Titanic sank shortly after the period the play was written in. Mr Birling can be seen as the main representative of a set of beliefs that Priestley sees as responsible for some of the catastrophes of the early 20th century. Mr Birling?s reaction to the Inspector shows us his concern for status, as he is constantly trying to influence the Inspector by dropping the names of important local policeman and politicians. This shows us how self-important he is and how he thinks that his power and influence can overcome the law. ...read more.

Conclusion

At the end of the play, he is less concerned with whether or not he might have been responsible for Eva Smith?s death than whether or not he will be found guilty. He is more concerned that there might be ?a public scandal? and that his ?special reason? for not wanting a scandal ? ie, his knighthood ? will be put in danger. He still believes that he can carry on the way he did before, not worrying about other people, sacking the workers in his factory and using his power and influence to ensure nothing is investigated. Therefore, the importance of Mr Birling to the play is to show how strong and unshakeable his beliefs are, but also to show how such beliefs will always end in catastrophe and disaster. ...read more.

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