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This essay will explore the themes, character development and Priestley’s intentions for An Inspector Calls.
Mr. Birling is a large pompous man in his mid fifties, a successful business man and the father of the Birling family. Throughout the play, Mr. Birling is shown by Priestley to be a narrow minded and unjust character. His uncaring view towards factory workers and cold-heartedness both contribute to Eva Smith’s death – who symbolises many other women who, like her, live in poverty and are treated unfairly by the upper-classes. Mr Birling on the other hand symbolises self-serving and materialistic Capitalism. This is demonstrated when Mr. Birling says ‘A man has to make his own way – has to look after himself’.
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The inspector directly talks about how each member of the Birling family is responsible for Eva smith’s death: the inspector states, ‘each of you helped to kill her.’ His final speech at the end of the play is not only aimed at the Birling family, but also at the audience: ‘One Eva Smith has gone - but there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, and what we think and say and do.’ This speech has a strong didactic message that we are all responsible for each …show more content…
Birling to be the antagonist. Mr. Birling is made out to be the antithesis of the inspector by Priestely, this is demonstrated by Mr. Birling’s uncaring and discriminative attitude and broken diction whereas the inspector is shown to be principled, ethical and has a cool, controlled style of speech. Both Mr. Birling and the Inspector have social authority though for different reasons. The Inspector has authority which comes from integrity and righteousness whereas Mr. Birling has authority based on class and wealth. This is demonstrated when Mr. Birling attempts to intimidate the inspector by boasting that he frequently plays golf with the inspector’s chief constable, this however has no effect on the inspector as he bluntly dismisses it when he says ‘I don’t play golf’. Mr. Birling also feels that the position of ’inspector’ is of a lower social standing than him as he was once the Mayor of

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