'after All, Y'know, We're Respectable Citizens And Not Criminals.' To What Extent Do You Agree With Gerald? How Does The Author Lead Us To Challenge This Assertion?

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During the course of the play, a significant number of characters crimes that are mostly moral of form but on particularly rare occasions, a few commit crimes that are totally legal. Gerald's quote is not exactly challenged at the time of the play that he makes the quote, but as the play goes on, nagging doubts start challenging the allegation. The whole of the Birling family, though however far-fetched, have seemingly contributed to the suicide of Eva Smith/Daisy Renton. J.R Priestly tries to lead the reader into believing this phenomenon by inventing a character named as Inspector Goole. Even the Inspector's name and the addition of his highly unusual personality imply that he is not a creature of the living world, but a ghoul or a spirit. The death of Eva Smith is considers as the result of a chain of events (which of course involve all of the Birlings).The Birlings are a very high class and noble family compared to the rest of the people in the Edwardian Era, Mrs. Birlings being a member of the Aristocracy. But Mr. Birling in fact was born into the working class. He worked his way into the upper classes of society by his own ability in doing business. Furthermore, Mr. Birling is extremely right wing and is thoroughly against the idea of communism as evident in the quote, '...wretched community and all that nonsense'- Mr. Birling (i). He is conveyed as a gluttonous man that cares more about his business that his family. His children, possibly because of the way they were brought up, always undermine him and never take his side in an argument for e.g. 'I think it was a mean thing to do' -Sheila. (i) Arthur Birling's has a know-it-all kind of personality and thinks that whatever he conveys is correct. He stated that 'Russia, which will always be behindhand' in one of his appallingly lengthy speeches, but as Russia had a revolution he was proven wrong. Most of his opinions of the real world are almost always wrong and this shows us that he is extremely out of touch with the outside world.Through out the play, the Birling family commits crimes that are involved with the 7 deadly sins. Occasionally the Inspector contradicts them on crimes, which at the time they aren't even aware of 'So I'm really responsible?'-Sheila (i). Several sins the characters commit contribute much more that others but all of them were a part of Eva's demise. The chain of Events that led to the death of Eva Smith was of course kindled by Arthur Birling. Eva Smith was an employee of Mr. Birling, but the workers reflected that their wages were far too low and that they were doing a lot of hard work and wrote to Mr. Birling for a pay raise. However Mr. Birling decided that he wasn't going to raise their pay. Eva wasn't content with the current pay and decided to quit on her current employee and look for work elsewhere. This is the first event and the first deadly sin was committed, which is gluttony by Mr. Birling. This event then led to the second event: After quitting her...

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