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An inspector calls - mr birling

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    How is mr birling presented in an inspector calls??

    Birling perhaps representing greed, notable through his constant relation in conversational topic to huge militaristic powers and war. The engagement of Gerald and Sheila is only ‘the happiest night of’ his life because the marriage poses industrial gain between his company and Crofts Limited. At the end of the play this trait has not been rid by the Inspector as he claims he will pay ‘yes thousands’ for the Inspector to prevent an inquest.

    (Original post by hholliee)
    How is mr birling presented in an inspector calls??
    What the person above said. Also, when Sheila got married he was only talking about future business with Gerald which shows his ignorance towards his own daughter and his greed by marrying his daughter to a higher respected family. Later when the inspector comes he carried on boasting about his contacts with the police and when he tried to bribes the inspector it shows remaining segregation between the bourgeoisie and prolateriat class and Birling thinks he's influential and has more power than the prolateriat class (the inspector). Sorry for the unclear explanation haven't done this in a long time.

    He is also exceedingly ignorant. The play takes place in 1912, just before the maiden voyage of the Titanic on the 10th of April, and he mentions that it is 'unsinkable' (we all know what happened there...). He also dismisses the prospect of war as scaremongering - we all know that World War One began just two years later.

    Everything that has been said is true. I highly recommend using what the user above me said about the Titanic because it will get you some marks for context which is integral in this exam.

    Basically, he is a pompous ass that is willing to do anything that benefits himself. He exploits Eva for cheap labour and doesn't feel one bit of regret or remorse after her death which he contributed to. Then you can contrast this to the younger generation as they change how they feel about Eva towards the end of the play and realise that they were wrong. This represents the generational difference as the older ones are stuck in their ways whereas the younger ones are more open to change and sharing responsibility, even for things that aren't necessarily going to benefit them.
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