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How does Priestley present Mr Birling in an Inspector Calls.

Throughout an Inspector Calls, Priestley successfully presents the Birling’s in a negative way by the significant use of dramatic irony. The use of dramatic irony throughout Mr Birling’s speech helps emphasise the arrogance of his character which reflects on his family. During his speech in act one, Mr Birling talks about the Titanic. When he states,
“unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable” it makes the audience think that he is conceited and oblivious. The repetition of the word “unsinkable” makes him look daft and immodest as we in the audience know that the Titanic did in fact sink. In addition, this makes the audience untrust Mr Birling or his capitalist views, with them instead being more open to the Inspectors socialist views. It also adds to his arrogance; symbolising the family in an appalling way. Furthermore, Mr Birling benefits from Sheila and Gerald engagement as he sees it as a business opportunity. Which is evidenced in the quote “we may look forward to the time when Crofts and Birlings are no longer competing but are working together, for lower costs and higher prices.” It is clear that Mr Birling is driven by money with a lack of reflection on the impact of ‘higher prices’ might have on everyone else, without doubt, revealing how greedy he is.

Secondly, just before the inspector arrives, Mr Birling is lingering on about how society should not be “mixed up together like bees in hive”. Here Mr Birling is displaying his capitalist views which stocks up and strengthens his level of arrogance. The simile “like bees in a hive” compares the image of a hive of bees with people of all kinds mixed together as part of a community. Mr Birling sneers of the idea and is opposed to the visualisation of equal rights and justice for all. The verb phrase “mixed up” reveals that Mr Birling believes different classes should not mix up and contrast should keep between them. Just at this moment, Mr Birling is interrupted by the 'sharp ring' of the doorbell, this signals the arrival of the Inspector. This is a pivotal moment as it foreshadows that the Inspector will disrupt these capitalist and arrogant views.

Finally, towards the end of the play, Priestley exposes the characteristics of Mr Birling as a selfish and self-obsessed man. This is exhibited just when he finds out the inspector is a fake. Mr Birling is not willing to change and refuses take take on any lesson taught from the inspector. Additionally he doesn't accept any responsibility which is conveyed when he confidently states “i can’t accept any responsibility”. Implying he is a heartless, cold blooded human being. However, as the phone rings again, Mr Birling, without hesitation, picks up the phone and after a few minutes of intensive conversation, puts it down with a distress look on his face. Priestley does this to emphasise that karma is always going to be served to the people of ignorance. This is also delivered to the inspectors final speech when he gives voice “if men don’t change, then they will be taught in fire and blood and anguish”. Mr Birlings children, Sheila and Eric, absorb this threat as they are from the younger generation and have socialist views. On the other hand, the older generation such as Mr Birling and Mrs Birling take the warning and clears it from there minds. This shows the differences between the younger and older generation. Priestley benefits by using age to conduct how life was like in the Edwardian times.
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How does Priestley present Mr Birling in an Inspector Calls.

Throughout an Inspector Calls, Priestley successfully presents the Birling’s in a negative way by the significant use of dramatic irony. The use of dramatic irony throughout Mr Birling’s speech helps emphasise the arrogance of his character which reflects on his family. During his speech in act one, Mr Birling talks about the Titanic. When he states,
“unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable” it makes the audience think that he is conceited and oblivious. The repetition of the word “unsinkable” makes him look daft and immodest as we in the audience know that the Titanic did in fact sink. In addition, this makes the audience untrust Mr Birling or his capitalist views, with them instead being more open to the Inspectors socialist views. It also adds to his arrogance; symbolising the family in an appalling way. Furthermore, Mr Birling benefits from Sheila and Gerald engagement as he sees it as a business opportunity. Which is evidenced in the quote “we may look forward to the time when Crofts and Birlings are no longer competing but are working together, for lower costs and higher prices.” It is clear that Mr Birling is driven by money with a lack of reflection on the impact of ‘higher prices’ might have on everyone else, without doubt, revealing how greedy he is.

Secondly, just before the inspector arrives, Mr Birling is lingering on about how society should not be “mixed up together like bees in hive”. Here Mr Birling is displaying his capitalist views which stocks up and strengthens his level of arrogance. The simile “like bees in a hive” compares the image of a hive of bees with people of all kinds mixed together as part of a community. Mr Birling sneers of the idea and is opposed to the visualisation of equal rights and justice for all. The verb phrase “mixed up” reveals that Mr Birling believes different classes should not mix up and contrast should keep between them. Just at this moment, Mr Birling is interrupted by the 'sharp ring' of the doorbell, this signals the arrival of the Inspector. This is a pivotal moment as it foreshadows that the Inspector will disrupt these capitalist and arrogant views.

Finally, towards the end of the play, Priestley exposes the characteristics of Mr Birling as a selfish and self-obsessed man. This is exhibited just when he finds out the inspector is a fake. Mr Birling is not willing to change and refuses take take on any lesson taught from the inspector. Additionally he doesn't accept any responsibility which is conveyed when he confidently states “i can’t accept any responsibility”. Implying he is a heartless, cold blooded human being. However, as the phone rings again, Mr Birling, without hesitation, picks up the phone and after a few minutes of intensive conversation, puts it down with a distress look on his face. Priestley does this to emphasise that karma is always going to be served to the people of ignorance. This is also delivered to the inspectors final speech when he gives voice “if men don’t change, then they will be taught in fire and blood and anguish”. Mr Birlings children, Sheila and Eric, absorb this threat as they are from the younger generation and have socialist views. On the other hand, the older generation such as Mr Birling and Mrs Birling take the warning and clears it from there minds. This shows the differences between the younger and older generation. Priestley benefits by using age to conduct how life was like in the Edwardian times.
hi, i'm not qualified to grade it but I can give you some grammar feedback and stuff
'untrust' is not a word. instead you could say no longer trust or something
'take take', I think this may be a typo! i think you may have meant to say 'to take on' but idk
'i' , this needs to be capitalised to 'I'
'cold blooded', there's a hyphen so it would be cold-blooded


overall on the actual essay, i think it's really good. There are lots of connectives and really good vocab. you should be really proud of it!! the only thing is there's something a littleeee bit clunky in a few sentences, maybe where you've used a few too many esssay techniques. For example in 'During his speech in act one, Mr Birling talks about the Titanic. When he states,' you could say 'During his speech about the Titanic in act one, Mr Birling states _' it just flows a bit better.
Other than that i think it's great!

“unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable” it makes the audience think that he is conceited and oblivious
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hi, i'm not qualified to grade it but I can give you some grammar feedback and stuff
'untrust' is not a word. instead you could say no longer trust or something
'take take', I think this may be a typo! i think you may have meant to say 'to take on' but idk
'i' , this needs to be capitalised to 'I'
'cold blooded', there's a hyphen so it would be cold-blooded


overall on the actual essay, i think it's really good. There are lots of connectives and really good vocab. you should be really proud of it!! the only thing is there's something a littleeee bit clunky in a few sentences, maybe where you've used a few too many esssay techniques. For example in 'During his speech in act one, Mr Birling talks about the Titanic. When he states,' you could say 'During his speech about the Titanic in act one, Mr Birling states _' it just flows a bit better.
Other than that i think it's great!

“unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable” it makes the audience think that he is conceited and oblivious
Thank you very much!!!! Helped a lot.
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