Who's the most selfish character in an Inspector Calls?

Announcements Posted on
How helpful is our apprenticeship zone? Have your say with our short survey 02-12-2016
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    Hey, just hoping you can answer my question with evidence from the play
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by TheDoctor11)
    Hey, just hoping you can answer my question with evidence from the play
    Everyone but Mr Birling and Mrs Birling can pretty much be discounted. Eric and Sheila act in selfish ways, but display remorse for their actions, and genuine despair over the death of Eva. Gerald, while he did have an ulterior motive, was very kind to Daisy Renton, so he doesn't seem particularly selfish. Then Mrs Birling at least works in an organisation helping people, even if she doesn't exactly use her influence that well, while Mr Birling doesn't really do anything for anybody, except employ them for cheap labour and therefore his own gain. Furthermore he brings up his knighthood a couple times when it seems rather inappropriate, finding it far more important than the girl's death. So I'd probably say Mr Birling.

    Edit: But the important, key aspect to take away is the move from capitalism to socialism, from the old order to the new order, represented by the old family members and the young, with Gerald being a sort of bridge between them. Sheila and Eric come to feel their sense of responsibility, their sense of interconnection with the rest of society, in contrast to their very capitalist parents.
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by TheDoctor11)
    Hey, just hoping you can answer my question with evidence from the play
    Mr and Mrs Birling, purely due to the fact that they are so self-obsessed with themselves that they do not actually admit what they have done wrong, until the inspector actually compels them.

    u can also use this website to help you as shown below

    http://www.oxnotes.com/sybil-birling...tor-calls.html

    hope this helps
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    Either of the elder Birlings, although Mr Birling is the most outspoken about it...
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by 13 1 20 8 42)
    Everyone but Mr Birling and Mrs Birling can pretty much be discounted. Eric and Sheila act in selfish ways, but display remorse for their actions, and genuine despair over the death of Eva. Gerald, while he did have an ulterior motive, was very kind to Daisy Renton, so he doesn't seem particularly selfish. Then Mrs Birling at least works in an organisation helping people, even if she doesn't exactly use her influence that well, while Mr Birling doesn't really do anything for anybody, except employ them for cheap labour and therefore his own gain. Furthermore he brings up his knighthood a couple times when it seems rather inappropriate, finding it far more important than the girl's death. So I'd probably say Mr Birling.

    Edit: But the important, key aspect to take away is the move from capitalism to socialism, from the old order to the new order, represented by the old family members and the young, with Gerald being a sort of bridge between them. Sheila and Eric come to feel their sense of responsibility, their sense of interconnection with the rest of society, in contrast to their very capitalist parents.
    Thank you so much! xx
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by TheDoctor11)
    Thank you so much! xx
    No problem. I did this at GCSE all the way back in 2013 but I rewatched it recently so hopefully I'm not spouting rubbish
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by 13 1 20 8 42)
    No problem. I did this at GCSE all the way back in 2013 but I rewatched it recently so hopefully I'm not spouting rubbish
    Blimey, you have a great memory then! Thank you again!!
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by 13 1 20 8 42)
    No problem. I did this at GCSE all the way back in 2013 but I rewatched it recently so hopefully I'm not spouting rubbish
    Did you watch the one on BBC? That was so good!
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by ravioliyears)
    Did you watch the one on BBC? That was so good!
    The recent one? Is there anywhere I can see it? (I dunno how far iPlayer goes back lol) I watched the 1982 version. Sometimes the acting doesn't feel perfect, but I like it.
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by 13 1 20 8 42)
    The recent one? Is there anywhere I can see it? (I dunno how far iPlayer goes back lol) I watched the 1982 version. Sometimes the acting doesn't feel perfect, but I like it.
    It was a few months ago, so I'm not sure if you can watch it now - but it was pretty good. I haven't watched the 1982 one - something I'll be watching after exams - thank you!
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by 13 1 20 8 42)
    The recent one? Is there anywhere I can see it? (I dunno how far iPlayer goes back lol) I watched the 1982 version. Sometimes the acting doesn't feel perfect, but I like it.
    Here you go: http://putlocker.is/watch-an-inspect...putlocker.html
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    I would say Mr. and Mrs. Birling as they don't show any remorse for what they did and even when it is proved without a doubt that they did this all they cared about was their reputation and the effect this would have on it, they didn't care about the girl's death. At least the kids showed remorse for their actions.
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by niv1234)
    I would say Mr. and Mrs. Birling as they don't show any remorse for what they did and even when it is proved without a doubt that they did this all they cared about was their reputation and the effect this would have on it, they didn't care about the girl's death. At least the kids showed remorse for their actions.
    Thats soo true, even at the end of the play, when they find out there is no murder, all of the characters instead of the children get happy, as they know that whatever they still did to that girl was wrong.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by TheDoctor11)
    Hey, just hoping you can answer my question with evidence from the play
    Anyone have any quotes to support your points?
 
 
 
Write a reply… Reply
Submit reply

Register

Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?
  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?
  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. Oops, you need to agree to our Ts&Cs to register
  2. Slide to join now Processing…

Updated: June 1, 2016
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Today on TSR
Poll
Would you rather have...?
Useful resources

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Quick reply
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.