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    Doing OMAM. Pretty stressed Any super-dooper top tips?
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    (Original post by Hariex)
    Doing OMAM. Pretty stressed Any super-dooper top tips?
    If you need to cram because you feel like you haven't done enough revision or you're just worried, watch dominic salles 45 minute videos on youtube. They take you through exactly how to answer questions for a C/B/A or A* and discuss everything you need to include in your answers. If you haven't read the book or want a refresh, one of the quickest and best ways to do it is just watch the film which is on netflix or can be found on youtube the best of luck
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    Could anyone mark this essay on An Inspector Calls for me or give me some feedback?

    Q) How does Priestley present conflict between the generations?

    A) Eric and Sheila both represent the younger generation while their parents represent the older generation. Through creating conflicts between the views and actions of these characters, Priestley explores the key theme of generational divide.
    Mr and Mrs Birling seem to believe tat as the older generation, their views are superior to their children's. At the start of the play, they cosset Eric and Sheila; for example, Mr Birling addresses his long winded speech to "you youngsters" and reprimands Sheila, saying "Are you listening, Sheila?" to which she replies "I'm sorry Daddy. Actually I was listening." The language used by Mr Birling gives a very patronising tone which suggests that he thinks that as an older character he has a right to talk down to Sheila. Moreover, Sheila's apology shows that she is submissive and obedient; this could show that te older generation are too controlling and overbearing. Furthermore, Sheila calls her father 'daddy' despite being in her twenties, showing that the way the older generation coddle their children is unnecessary and ridiculous, as it seems foolish to the audience to hear a grown woman use such a childish term. Finally, the way Sheila protests her innocence by saying "actually I was listening" show that she is not entirely subservient. It contrasts to the image preiously presented and shows that she is on some level able to stand up and assert herself. Through this Priestley begins to indicate that the younger generation are not as passive as they initially seem. They can and should challenge their parents.

    Priestley expands on this ida by providing a contrast between Mir Birlings political views and his children;s. Mr B is very much a traditional Capitalist who is driven by money and "higher prices." In comparison his children take a more Socialist standing. Forexample, Eric challenges him by "(bursting out) Well I think it's a dam' shame...why shouldn't they try for higher wages?" The stage directions show that Eric feels passionate about this issue as he cannot contain his comment. The word 'bursting' also however connotes an image of a balloon bursting and deflating. This could reflect the way Mr Birling's -and the older generation's- views are under attack and threatened by the young. Morever, Eric literally questions why the workers shouldn't be allowed to strike. This has an effect on the audience because it prompts them to consider their own answer. Through presenting the more Socialist view through Eric - who the audience already recognise to be more perceptive and progressive charactr than Birling - Priestley is subtly pushing the audience to take the view of the younger generation and to reject the outdated Capitalist ideals.

    Despite originally presenting them as obedient and controlled by their parents, as the play progresses Eric and Sheila reveal themselves to be strong willed and far more socially aware than their parents. This leads them to respond to te Inspector very differently. Theey are much more ready to accept their responsibility. In the final act, Birling protests that "there's every excuse for what both your mother and i did" while Sheila readily admits "I behaved badly. I know I did. I'm ashamed of it." Mr Birling himself seems to encourge the conflict between the generations by setting himself and Mrs Birling apart from the others, showing that he still believes their age offers them a natural and unquestionable superiority. However the audience is able to recognise that he is the one in the wrong. Both he and Mrs B have done soemthing wrong and their stubborn refusal to admit this makes the audience see they are stuck in their ways. Therefore Priestley shows that the odler generation can find it much harder to change their views. He is also saying that they are unable to admit they can make mistakes and behave badly. By associating this inability to accept responsibility with the old priestley shows that it is outdated and should be replaced by a new way of thinking. Moreover this idea is encouraged by Sheila.She speaks in short sentences so the audience focuses more on her words than they do on Birlings lengthy prating. The emotive language of'ashamed' encourages the audience to forgive her,because it shows her character is more mature and can admit her own flaws - a quality the apparently mature Mr Birling doesn't seem to have. Alternatively, Priestly could be insinuating that the reason Sheila 'behaved badly' in the first place was due to her parents who have not raised her with the morals and values Priestly considers important - kindness and compassion. Rather she has found these values on her own. Therefore Priestley shows it is possible to break free of a cycle and move away from your parents views and form opinions independent of their influence - and he encourages this.
 
 
 
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