How does Priestley present Arthur Birling and his attitude

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Right now I am doing an inspector calls and one of the things you'll get marks on is if u talk about Mr birlings capitalistic views and what effects these have on other people. You can talk about how his way of thinking is very wrong and that jb Priestley made a character this way to show how the upperclass men thought at this point in time. He presents Arthur this way to show how capitalists thought and how young workers got exposed in this time. His attitude is very much just blaming everyone else instead of taking responsibility for what he done to eva Smith(by the way responsibility is a very big theme in an inspector calls). Again his thoughts on responsibility relates to his capitalistic views.To conclude Jb Priestleys message is that we all have a responsibility for one another(socialistic views )and that our communities fears hopes and suffering all intertwine together and ends up having an effect on one another's one day or another........Hope I could help!!
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Responsibility:
'Each of you helped to kill her'
'You started it'
'We are responsible for each other'
Jb Priestley's message:
'We don't live alone.we are members of one body'.
'Their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, and what we think and say and do'.
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You have been given the quotes. What do these quotes portray? How is his attitude presented? talk about his capitalist views, maybe the aristocracy vs working class. Also, compare him to Sheila and how the young vs old theme plays out in the play. There are plenty of things you can talk about, you just need to link ideas together. Also, use the quotes provide above to help yourself.
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Something i can answer!

Try to talk about his capitalist views on society; use his clear hatred of the Inspector as a metaphorical springboard for historical context. Also it might be good to talk about his battles with Eric and Sheila, his children. The young vs old idea that y.u.mad.bro stated is a good idea, but also remember that Eric has different views to Mr Birling; his views are more of a Socialist point of view.

Also talk about his attempts to impress Gerald. Remember that he is of a lower class to Gerald as he is a man who has made his own fortune instead of coming from an aristocratic family like Gerald has.
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READ THE BLOODY BOOK ASAP don't be one of those mugs who does English Lit and doesn't read the book because you are setting yourself up for failure

To find some quotes I'd skim read and highlight the bits where Birling sounds like he's being an inconsiderate mug because this is more than likely Priestly demonstrating his corrupt capitalist nature (that's a key point/theme use the fact Birling is a caricature of uncaring capitalists a lot). Priestley also presents Birling as entrenched in his views - link this to him representing the archetypal capitalist. You can also consider his views towards his wife (who's a higher social standing than him being born Upper Class whereas Birling is Middle Class), Gerald (who's also Upper Class), and Sheila/Eva (represents his treatment of women and workers for the latter).

Bear in mind the quotes T.reid posted aren't said by Birling they're said to him so don't get that confused (especially as you haven't read the book).

Just remember, to Preistley Birling = represents crapitalism. Also whack in some stuff about that fact that it was written post-war under new socialist Labour gov. + supported creation of welfare state but set pre-WW1 to highligh capitalism's intrinsic destructive nature blah blah blah Preistley was a socialist and a legend.

Also An Inspector Calls is amazing I loved doing it! I'd imagine it's also a lot easier than Frankenstein too
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READ THE BLOODY BOOK ASAP don't be one of those mugs who does English Lit and doesn't read the book because you are setting yourself up for failure

To find some quotes I'd skim read and highlight the bits where Birling sounds like he's being an inconsiderate mug because this is more than likely Priestly demonstrating his corrupt capitalist nature (that's a key point/theme use the fact Birling is a caricature of uncaring capitalists a lot). Priestley also presents Birling as entrenched in his views - link this to him representing the archetypal capitalist. You can also consider his views towards his wife (who's a higher social standing than him being born Upper Class whereas Birling is Middle Class), Gerald (who's also Upper Class), and Sheila/Eva (represents his treatment of women and workers for the latter).

Bear in mind the quotes T.reid posted aren't said by Birling they're said to him so don't get that confused (especially as you haven't read the book).

Just remember, to Preistley Birling = represents crapitalism. Also whack in some stuff about that fact that it was written post-war under new socialist Labour gov. + supported creation of welfare state but set pre-WW1 to highligh capitalism's intrinsic destructive nature blah blah blah Preistley was a socialist and a legend.

Also An Inspector Calls is amazing I loved doing it! I'd imagine it's also a lot easier than Frankenstein too
Oh god, you've just reminded me of some of the absolute idiots in Set 4 (lowest English set) who are basically like "meh, who cares if i fail English, it doesn't matter".
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Oh god, you've just reminded me of some of the absolute idiots in Set 4 (lowest English set) who are basically like "meh, who cares if i fail English, it doesn't matter".
Omg yeah... or people who were like: ‘but what does An Inspector Calls even have to do with my life/now?’ Or ‘when will I ever used this?’ Ugh... also people who don’t read the book and watch the film instead... makes me die a little inside
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Omg yeah... or people who were like: ‘but what does An Inspector Calls even have to do with my life/now?’ Or ‘when will I ever used this?’ Ugh... also people who don’t read the book and watch the film instead... makes me die a little inside
It honestly just hurts to see in any lesson tbh, when people don't give two ***** about their GCSEs.

Mainly in my school it's a pretty large group of stoners, roadmen and some of the more "promiscuous" girls. Bear in mind we're in Year 10.
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Oh god, you've just reminded me of some of the absolute idiots in Set 4 (lowest English set) who are basically like "meh, who cares if i fail English, it doesn't matter".
Well like I’ve said my target grade is a 9. I normally hit it. However, I’ve had a lot of things on my plate at the moment. A lot. So can you please leave with your irrelevant opinion because if I was like “meh” then I wouldn’t have even made this post if I wasn’t bothered.
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Well like I’ve said my target grade is a 9. I normally hit it. However, I’ve had a lot of things on my plate at the moment. A lot. So can you please leave with your irrelevant opinion because if I was like “meh” then I wouldn’t have even made this post if I wasn’t bothered.
Mate maybe you want to try reading what i was responding to? I was responding to the other guy.

Idiot.
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(Original post by KreativeHawk)
It honestly just hurts to see in any lesson tbh, when people don't give two ***** about their GCSEs.

Mainly in my school it's a pretty large group of stoners, roadmen and some of the more "promiscuous" girls. Bear in mind we're in Year 10.
I smoke weed. However I’m hitting my targets and doing quite well just need a little help on this subject because I have to do Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol and The Inspector Calls. And due to having the Christmas carol and Romeo and Juliet I don’t have time to go out of my way to purchase the book, read it and annotate it whilst doing the same for Romeo and Juliet and the Christmas Carol. On top of learning RE because of not doing it on my other school and in this school it is now a core subject so I have to learn Judaism, philosophy& ethics & Christianity. Just because some people “smoke a bit of weed” doesn’t mean we don’t care about our GCSE’s😂
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I smoke weed. However I’m hitting my targets and doing quite well just need a little help on this subject because I have to do Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol and The Inspector Calls. And due to having the Christmas carol and Romeo and Juliet I don’t have time to go out of my way to purchase the book, read it and annotate it whilst doing the same for Romeo and Juliet and the Christmas Carol. On top of learning RE because of not doing it on my other school and in this school it is now a core subject so I have to learn Judaism, philosophy& ethics & Christianity. Just because some people “smoke a bit of weed” doesn’t mean we don’t care about our GCSE’s😂
Jesus, love how you don't even acknowledge my first reply.

Also, this is only what i see in my school. Your school is different. personally i don't care about weed, just saying what i see.
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