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    Do you think this is ok. Please give any required suggestions and try and give it a grade: Priestley presented Mr Birling as dominant and influential in the play since he spoke the play's first lines. Likewise, this is significant as Arthur Birling was trying to impress Gerald. Could this potentially convey Mr Birling 's importance? In the stage directions, the furniture decreasing in size is a metaphor for the Birling family's decreasing sense of power/control as the play progresses. For example, in Act 2, a dining table was used, in Act 2, a fireplace was used and, finally, in Act 3, a small table with a telephone was used. Moreover, the fact that Arthur Birling has defiant capitalist views, suggests that he is only bothered about himself and not those in need of support or money. He shows no remorse or concern for his wrongful actions, unless they affect his social status. Furthermore, Mr Birling is portrayed as extremely narrow minded. Alternatively, the dramatic quote "unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable" is foreshadowing the Birling's sinking fate since Mr Birling is so certain that he knows of everything. Finally, the Birling family is conveyed as ignorant and selfish to put across interpretations of the 1912 upper classes and their significance/insignificance in socie compared to the lower classes and their grievances/troubles which are constantly on their minds.
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    (Original post by Beckye_02)
    Do you think this is ok. Please give any required suggestions and try and give it a grade: Priestley presented Mr Birling as dominant and influential in the play since he spoke the play's first lines. Likewise, this is significant as Arthur Birling was trying to impress Gerald. Could this potentially convey Mr Birling 's importance? In the stage directions, the furniture decreasing in size is a metaphor for the Birling family's decreasing sense of power/control as the play progresses. For example, in Act 2, a dining table was used, in Act 2, a fireplace was used and, finally, in Act 3, a small table with a telephone was used. Moreover, the fact that Arthur Birling has defiant capitalist views, suggests that he is only bothered about himself and not those in need of support or money. He shows no remorse or concern for his wrongful actions, unless they affect his social status. Furthermore, Mr Birling is portrayed as extremely narrow minded. Alternatively, the dramatic quote "unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable" is foreshadowing the Birling's sinking fate since Mr Birling is so certain that he knows of everything. Finally, the Birling family is conveyed as ignorant and selfish to put across interpretations of the 1912 upper classes and their significance/insignificance in socie compared to the lower classes and their grievances/troubles which are constantly on their minds.
    Very good piece try and use more quotes.
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    (Original post by Beckye_02)
    Do you think this is ok. Please give any required suggestions and try and give it a grade: Priestley presented Mr Birling as dominant and influential in the play since he spoke the play's first lines. Likewise, this is significant as Arthur Birling was trying to impress Gerald. Could this potentially convey Mr Birling 's importance? In the stage directions, the furniture decreasing in size is a metaphor for the Birling family's decreasing sense of power/control as the play progresses. For example, in Act 2, a dining table was used, in Act 2, a fireplace was used and, finally, in Act 3, a small table with a telephone was used. Moreover, the fact that Arthur Birling has defiant capitalist views, suggests that he is only bothered about himself and not those in need of support or money. He shows no remorse or concern for his wrongful actions, unless they affect his social status. Furthermore, Mr Birling is portrayed as extremely narrow minded. Alternatively, the dramatic quote "unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable" is foreshadowing the Birling's sinking fate since Mr Birling is so certain that he knows of everything. Finally, the Birling family is conveyed as ignorant and selfish to put across interpretations of the 1912 upper classes and their significance/insignificance in socie compared to the lower classes and their grievances/troubles which are constantly on their minds.
    It's good, but IMO there are some areas where you can improve.
    i) Try and keep to the question, focussing on the early part of the play and Mr Birling. (I have put in bold where you go away from the question)
    ii) Use more quotes to support your claims
    iii) I think that you should perhaps expand on your quote and talk about how nothing is for certain, for example the Titanic sinking (dramatic irony) and how Mr Birling backs his views 100%

    Grade: C/B (just because half of it went away from answering the actual question) Hope this has helped, feel free to agree/disagree
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    Thankyouu guys I will improve it with your comments and I am very pleased as a B is my target grade! Thanks
 
 
 
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