Inspector Calls - Gerald Watch

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I need a bit of help with An Inspector Calls question : How does Priestley use Gerald Croft's status to show his ideas about society?
Could you say that he reflects the selfish attitudes of the upper class? 'I didnt feel about her as she felt about me.'
I'm also not sure how to link context with this question.
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What is this question for drama or English
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I know the play inside out so I can help if your studying for GCSEs
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What is this question for drama or English
This is for English.
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Alright I’m in year 11 too so I know the stress
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So obvi Gerald is of higher class in this society priestly represents. You could even say he is probably equal or a little higher than mr Birling by obviously his parents seem to have nore of a stable successful business so yes in those times he would be presented as the typical selfish and unreasonable first class at least that’s what the audience thinks. However Gerald is not all as the bad as the typical working class he does have some kind of heart looking after and taking Eva as his mistress but to contradict you could say he probably assumed she was from an middle class due to the fact that he didn’t really get to fully know her and probably only took her in because she was pretty if that makes sense
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Gerald is one of those people that are also prone to change, even though he's a higher class he chooses to accept what he did wrong.
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So obvi Gerald is of higher class in this society priestly represents. You could even say he is probably equal or a little higher than mr Birling by obviously his parents seem to have nore of a stable successful business so yes in those times he would be presented as the typical selfish and unreasonable first class at least that’s what the audience thinks. However Gerald is not all as the bad as the typical working class he does have some kind of heart looking after and taking Eva as his mistress but to contradict you could say he probably assumed she was from an middle class due to the fact that he didn’t really get to fully know her and probably only took her in because she was pretty if that makes sense
You could also mention the fact that Gerald as an upper class membed of the society still had a part to play in Eva smiths death. So Preistly is basically saying that regardless of your status everyone is still equal in society and has a responsibility of looking out for one anothee
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You could also mention the fact that Gerald as an upper class membed of the society still had a part to play in Eva smiths death. So Preistly is basically saying that regardless of your status everyone is still equal in society and has a responsibility of looking out for one anothee
Yehhh do you know a lot aboutvthe book too
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So obvi Gerald is of higher class in this society priestly represents. You could even say he is probably equal or a little higher than mr Birling by obviously his parents seem to have nore of a stable successful business so yes in those times he would be presented as the typical selfish and unreasonable first class at least that’s what the audience thinks. However Gerald is not all as the bad as the typical working class he does have some kind of heart looking after and taking Eva as his mistress but to contradict you could say he probably assumed she was from an middle class due to the fact that he didn’t really get to fully know her and probably only took her in because she was pretty if that makes sense
But this contrasts with what Priestley was trying to convey ( that the younger generation were more likely to change their views than the older generation were) doesn't it? Because even though Gerald is part of the younger generation, his capitalist views do not change throughout the play? He does not take responsibility over his actions.
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He does take responsibilitydoesn't he?
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You could also mention the fact that Gerald as an upper class membed of the society still had a part to play in Eva smiths death. So Preistly is basically saying that regardless of your status everyone is still equal in society and has a responsibility of looking out for one anothee
Thank you so much.
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He does take responsibilitydoesn't he?
I think some yeah, but not as much as Sheila and Eric do.
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I think some yeah, but not as much as Sheila and Eric do.
Must be because Gerald seems a bit older compared to Shiela and Eric. Both Shiela and Eric are willing to change finding out their mistakes and wanting to be better people.
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He's higher class and abuses his status but also is part of the younger generation which is more open to change. For context you just need to refer to the class system at the time but it should be more of an underlying part running through the essay rather than a specific section talking about context.
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