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What grade would you give this so far?
Q - HOW DOES PRIESTLEY PRESENT MR BIRLING?
First of all, Mr Birling is presented as an epitome of the capitalists: showing how egotistical and callous he is. This is insinuated in the quotation, 'cheap labour'. This emphasises that Mr Birling doesn't care about his workers - only his business. He strongly replicates how much of a capitalist he is and doesn't feel any remorse from it. However, this would be a typical attitude from others during the Edwardian era (when the play was set) because the society was engulfed with Capitalists who believed in this prejudice. The adjective, 'cheap', foreshadows that Mr Birling views the working-class people as useless and valueless- suggesting that they are not worthy of anything. Furthermore, the noun,'Labour', evokes that Mr Birling is dehumanizing not just one person but aims to harm all of them. In addition, Mr Birling objectifies them and seeks to marginalise the working-class people. As a reader, you immediately feel deep hatred towards Mr Birling because of his horrifying views he has. Priestley intends to portray Mr Birling as this because he wants to show how corrupt the mindset of a capitalist is and forces the reader to oppose Mr Birlings apathy.
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Good start. You need a range of comments to progress. Remember apostrophes.
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Good but you should use a range of quotes not just one to support your view
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Try embedding quotes. For example: Mr Birling disagrees with Priestley's "socialist" views. This is evident as Arthur Birling labels socialists as "socialist cranks", thus portraying them as mentally challenged people.
All you need to do is identify techniques, use a range of quotes and explain the effect in the reader and the reader's reaction.
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(Original post by Artemystic)
Try embedding quotes. For example: Mr Birling disagrees with Priestley's "socialist" views. This is evident as Arthur Birling labels socialists as "socialist cranks", thus portraying them as mentally challenged people.
All you need to do is identify techniques, use a range of quotes and explain the effect in the reader and the reader's reaction.
Thank you very much, will do so!
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