English - Lit examWatch
hey.... anyone plz can you hep me ... I have an exam in a couple of days and I need to prepare this question.... How is Gerald presented I the play? plz anyone help me!
Gerald is presented as a sort of mid-point between the different types of character within the play. If you notice, there are the two children of the younger generation - Sheila and Eric, who are used by priestley to represent ideas about socialism, especially with Sheila, they are supposed to be Priestley's way of showing the audience that the younger generation are more impressionable and should be educated. There are also the two members of the older generation - Mr and Mrs Birling, who are given a bad representation by Priestley as the cold, hard-headed capitalists with traditional views.
Gerald is in the middle because he is the right age for an ideal socialist, as he is quite young, but his upbringing and aristocratic family mean that he also has aspects of capitalism in his character.
He does not at first accept any responsibility for his part in Eva Smith's death, and pretneds that he never knew her, although we know that he gave her money and a place to stay because he felt sorry for her.