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Birling family

“Public men, Mr Birling, have their responsibilities as well as their privileges.” Show how the Inspector attempts to teach this moral to the whole Birling family. John Boynton Priestley was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in the north of England. His father, Jonathon Priestley was a prosperous schoolmaster, his mother diedRead More

Family in the play

The inspector begins to talk to them and agitate a little until they begin to argue. He stands back and listens until crashing in to take charge again, letting the audience know that he never loses power and yet again reminding them why he was there. ‘(massively taking charge) AllowRead More

Birling family

When the Inspector arrives, Sheila is out of the room. When she enters, she is immediately drawn into the situation, asking questions that her father isn’t pleased about. When the news of the death of Eva Smith has finally been told, Sheila is shocked – “How horrible – was itRead More

Family community

It is possible that Mrs Birling would have come to reject Eric because of the shame he placed upon the family in getting Eva Smith pregnant. Had Eva not needed to go to Mrs Birling for help, the inspector would not be involving Mrs Birling. She doesn’t see that she hasRead More

Birling family

This revelation adds dramatic tension and draws the reader in. What happened? Why? What has this got to do with the Birling family? Are all questions the audience will be asking themselves. Priestley has done this purposely, he could have just said, ‘Id like some information, if you don’t mindRead More

The Birling family

Act 2 begins like Act 1 ended with the Inspector saying, “well? ” to Gerald which is repetition which makes Gerald feel ganged up on and cornered as both Sheila and the Inspector use the say word to ask him a question to get Gerald to come out with hisRead More

Family and undermining

This is an example of the Inspector dominating the family and undermining Mr Birling’s influence over his family, by controlling the characters he can also control the audience as well, he influences their opinions of the characters. The Inspector breaks this down and finally turns half of his own familyRead More

Birling family

Another technique used in the Inspector’s interrogating methods to good effect, is the idea of using shock tactics. The shock tactics play on the characters’ consciences and create feelings of anxiety. The inspector describes Eva Smith as being “Burnt inside out”, this creates a disturbing image in both the audienceRead More

The Carbone family

This is where Catherine tries to find her own independence. She tells Eddie that he should be happy for her, and that she’ll see him around the neighbour hood. Also that she cannot stay there any longer. Eddie repeats him self again. “You aint goin’ nowheres. ” At the momentRead More

Gerald Croft

Gerald Croft is the ‘easy well to do man about town’ .He comes from a very rich well to do industrialist family like that of the Birlings. He is very confident about himself, his family and others. He had just become engaged to Sheila and was celebrating their engagement. HeRead More