An Inspector Calls Essay

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The first person we meet in the play is Mr Birling. He is a pompous man who is very ignorant and seems to think that if you don't share his opinions then you are wrong. For example when he says "˜Just let me finish, Eric. You've a lot to learn yet. And I'm talking as a hard-headed, practical man of business. And I say there isn't a chance of war. The world developing so fast that it'll make war impossible'. He is basically saying that he is right and if you contradict him then you don't know what you are talking about. Mr Birling is also very egotistic and feels that his status in the community is much more important than spending time to get to know his family. He gets very influenced by money, you know this because he thinks that Gerald is a good son in law because his father is a very wealthy factory owner, when most fathers would have looked for qualities such as loyal, kind and unselfish. Mr Birling represents a capitalist, he is very prejudiced against people who are a lower class than him, he thinks he is above most people and tries to press some of the titles he has acquired upon people to try and influence and intimidate them.We then meet Gerald, he is agreeing with everything Mr Birling is saying. Gerald is a polite young man you know this because he is always agreeing with Mr Birling and trying to make everyone happy. He obviously wants to be counted as one of the family because he says to Mrs Birling "˜In fact I insist upon being one of the family now. I've been trying long enough, haven't I' Towards the end of the play Gerald turns into a much more likeable character, he sees how wrong he has been and tells the truth completely which makes him a lot more respectable than Mr Birling who wouldn't admit he was wrong about anything.Mrs Birling is one of the most...

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