A secondary school revision resource for gcse english literature about the characters in j b priestley's an inspector calls mr arthur birling mr birling is in his fifties, rather portentous and very proud enlarge image he is described at the start as a heavy-looking, rather portentous man in his middle fifties but rather. One other person is present: edna the maid, who is going back and forth to the sideboard with dirty plates and glasses priestley's description of the set at the beginning of the play script stresses the solidity of the birlings' dining room: 'it is a solidly built room, with good solid furniture of the period. Birling is trying to impress gerald by choosing the same port as gerald's father likes priestley is using the port as a symbol to reveal that mr birling is a materialistic character who cares about his status and reputation above all else the inspector's entrance: just before the inspector arrives mr birling dismisses socialist. The play “an inspector calls” is one that contains many broad themes, and one of these is that of morality morality manifests itself in many ways throughout the play, on a small scale in the individual case of the birlings and eva smith, through the inspector, and as a constant undercurrent running through. The birling family and gerald croft are celebrating sheila birling's engagement to mr birling hopes that these family links will bring the two competitors together to 'lower costs and higher prices' when the women leave the room, mr birling how and why does priestley present inspector goole in an inspector calls. He is 'not the kind of father a chap could go to when he's in trouble' (eric) question 2 how does priestley present birling in the opening scene answer he is dominant the centre of the family he has old fashioned values ('there's a good deal of silly talk about these days'- a reference to the liberal welfare reforms and. Social and historical background although an inspector calls is set in 1912 it was written in 1944/45 and produced in london for the first time in 1946 it is as much about post-war britain as it is about the edwardian period audiences at the end of the war would have appreciated the irony of birling's predictions. Explains how arthur birling is a constructed character priestley uses him to attack capitalism, and to suggest that the end point of capitalism is war all.
Arthur birling makes a toast in it, he informs the younger members of the family that their future looks bright and that it is important to look after themselves priestley makes use of dramatic irony to undermine arthur birling – birling says there won't be a war and talks about the success of. A) how far do you believe mrs birling is more responsible for the death of eva smith than the other characters b) what do you think is inspector goole‟s role in the play how does priestley present him c) how does priestley build sympathy for eva smith throughout the play d) how does priestley present the change in. F2: how does priestley present ideas about how we should treat other people in an h1: how does priestley show that tension is at the heart of the birling family h2: priestley criticises the selfishness of people like the birlings what methods does he use to present this selfishness june 2011 f1: how does priestley.
As shelia comes to the decision that she is to blame for eva's death, we as a audience member view this behaviour as enlightened it is the contrast between shelia's behaviour and mr birling that highlights why priestley presents shelia as enlightened mr birling represents the upper class, elites, that priestley is actively. Revise and learn about the characters in j b priestley's an inspector calls with bbc bitesize gcse english literature the main characters in an inspector calls are the birling family, gerald croft and inspector goole the inspector's looking at this extract from the play - how does priestley present mr birling a. Arthur birling is a self-centred man intent on climbing the class ladder, even at the expense of his family and employees he regularly uses his obsessive behaviour over status to invoke popularity or power within a particular crowd, which is evident in the very first scenes of the play when birling says to.
how does priestly portray mr birling in act 1 mr birling is presented as a successful businessman, who has been active in local politics and was lord mayor of brumley, although it may become clear that he does not care about the local community mr birling is also wife of sybil birling and the father of sheila and eric. Throughout the play, jb priestly uses eva smith's suicide as a plot device to build dramatic tension, dramatic irony, and to share his socialist message socialist issues are explored by the two main characters, mr birling and inspector goole, who subtly debate their outlooks for the future mr birling claims.
How does priestley present the character of sybil birling how does priestley present the character of sheila birling how does priestley present the character of eric birling how does priestley present the character of gerald croft how does priestley present the character of inspector goole how is the character of eva. Home → sparknotes → drama study guides → an inspector calls an inspector calls j b priestley table of contents plot overview summary & analysis act one act one, continued act two act two, continued act three act three, continued characters character list arthur birling sheila birling eric birling. Immediately we know arthur birling is a factory owner who was done well, when jb priestly writes 'belonging to a prosperous manufacturer' the reader can tell again this presents him as pompous and someone who thinks his ideas are always right and no one should doubt them firstly, he says 'last.
Key themes: class, love, relationships, selfishness structure: dramatic irony, time, conflict and tension sample essay – how does priestley reveal a message of social responsibility in the play sample essay – how does priestley present the characters of mr birling and sheila in 'an inspector calls' key quotes (who said. 2 priestley criticises the selfi shness of people like the birlings what methods does he use to present this selfishness 3 an inspector calls has been called 'a play of contrasts' write about how priestley presents some of the contrasts in the play 4 how does priestley present the change in sheila during the course of the. Being co-founder of a socialist party, priestley felt strongly about his political views in favour of socialism and these views are displayed prominently throughout an inspector calls priestly used the character of mr birling to represent how the upper class frowned upon people below them in society priestley was concerned. When the inspector starts questioning gerald and mrs birling, shelia not only insists on watching, but also helps the inspector by filling in minor details and asking questions of her own we can see this shortly before geralds questioning, shelia tells the inspector i dont understand about you then she stares at him.