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Help! 'Arthur Birling describes himself as a "hard-headed man of business". How does Priestley present this and other views of Mr Birling in an 'An Inspector Calls'?

Tips on how to structure the essay are welcome! Thank you!
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So to structure your essay you should use PEE or PEEL:
P - Point
E- Evidence
E - Explanation
L- Link (to question)

E.g.
J.B. Priestley presents Arthur Birling as an arrogant businessman. This is suggested by "hard-headed man of business." This conveys Priestley is trying to portray the stereotypical businessman of men in 1912, which shows that Arthur Birling does not have any social responsibility and only cares about his business and his social status. Audiences in 1945 would become to dislike Mr Birling due to his haughtiness.

And then you analyse more about the text which may suggest why he's a hard-headed business man.
Make sure you mention about responsibility as that is the major theme in the play.
And also link to the context between 1912 (when it was set) and 1945 (when it was written).
Hope that helps!
(Sorry, trying to get ready for school so I can't do it in detail!)
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(Original post by missdiorxx)
So to structure your essay you should use PEE or PEEL:
P - Point
E- Evidence
E - Explanation
L- Link (to question)

E.g.
J.B. Priestley presents Arthur Birling as an arrogant businessman. This is suggested by "hard-headed man of business." This conveys Priestley is trying to portray the stereotypical businessman of men in 1912, which shows that Arthur Birling does not have any social responsibility and only cares about his business and his social status. Audiences in 1945 would become to dislike Mr Birling due to his haughtiness.

And then you analyse more about the text which may suggest why he's a hard-headed business man.
Make sure you mention about responsibility as that is the major theme in the play.
And also link to the context between 1912 (when it was set) and 1945 (when it was written).
Hope that helps!
(Sorry, trying to get ready for school so I can't do it in detail!)
This helped a lot, thank you!
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(Original post by Smidge_midge)
Help! 'Arthur Birling describes himself as a "hard-headed man of business". How does Priestley present this and other views of Mr Birling in an 'An Inspector Calls'?

Tips on how to structure the essay are welcome! Thank you!
- He talks about business very often throughout the play. What has made him that way is how school has taught him "school of hardwork/experience" (along the lines of that, I am sure you will find it.
- He also says during his lecture to Eric that "only a man should look after himself" - this suggests that Arthur Birling is selfish. The Inspector highlights this through the rest of the play showing not only his true colours but the whole family's true colours.
- Going back to the "hard-headed" point the whole concept of him being hard-headed is flawed because he is not realistic. Firstly, he states that (at the time of the play, which is set in 1912) "there will not be a war" - however he's not being realistic and thinking why there are these "war scares" which therefore means that he is not realistic. However is not sentimental because he clearly doesn't care about Eva Smith or the working-class in general - he is too complacent.

These are just my ideas, I wouldn't just copy them but it will help you get started in answering the question.
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this will help as I have got as essay tomorrow on inspector calls
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