Hi im not sure if this is where i post it but can someone maybe take a look at my essay on significance of power and possibly grade it thankss, ive been fine with other essyas but kinda struggled with this one
power has been a significant theme throughout the play conducting an immensely critical role, ultimately causing Eva smiths “horrific death”. Jb Priestley has portrayed power in various forms to emphasize the need for a more socialist future, where society is a community.
power has been presented through Mr birling firing of Eva smith demanding of 3 more shillings per week. Arthur birling uses his superior position to force Eva out, this highlights exactly the capitalist ideas during the Edwardian era he was against. The quote “if you don’t come down sharply on the people, they’d soon be asking for the earth reinforces the theme of power as Mr birling feels he needs to come “down” on people such as Eva who have the courage to oppose his ruling of the business and if he feels he may “lose” power he would come down “sharply” highlighting the capitalist, power-hungry mentality Priestley wanted to stop. Furthermore, Sheila birling abuses her family’s power to get Eva fired over the petty reason she looked “prettier” in a dress, with her status and power over Eva. The quote “I was in a furious temper” shows how much at mercy the working class were to the upper class, and her “furious temper” assisted in Eva’s suicide, allowing the audience to see the class division at the time.
the power of social status has also played a considerable part in evas tragedy, especially through the character of sybil burling. Eva had used the alias Mrs birling when she went to the charity for help and sybil birling was so offended someone below her class would attempt this, she made sure evas appeal was denied. The quote “I think she only had herself to blame” encapsulates the sense of power and authority the upper class had over the working class, the fact that sybil said it was her fault even after hearing about how horribly she had been treated emphasizes the cruelty and unfairness of the upper class against Eva who had been victimised by society and how Mrs birling refused responsibility is against the socialist future jb Priestley wants.
power has been significant through the inspector throughout the play, firstly with his large intimidating figure “ impression of massiveness” paired with the lighting change from “pink and intimate” to “brighter and harder” portraits him as a power man who would be dominant and authoritative. The inspector is the more commanding force in conversations as he speaks with complete and utter conviction as well as his forceful ton, “(sharply) come along Mr croft” the stage directions of sharply highlights this. The inspector had had much more power over the other characters which helps the audience see the true cruelty of capitalist ideas by contrasting them with the inspectors speech “ there are millions and millions and millions of Eva smiths and john smiths” reinforcing jb Priestley’s main message of responsibility.
overall power has played a crucial theme, contributing immensely to Eva smiths downfall through capitalism and social status, to help the audience see the current state of the Edwardian era and how there needs to be a change.