The parents keep telling then its not their fault but that Eva Smith bought all this on herself. “A girl of that class” once again showing the class difference and that only someone from that class would land up this way they are not to blame. The final speech the Inspector gives the Birling family has different effects on them after he leaves the room. In this speech he gives them a final idea of what they have done and a lesson on how they treat others who may not be in the same class or social setting. “But just remember this.
‘One Eva Smith has gone but there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us'. In this phrase, the inspector emphasises on the word ‘millions' the inspector is also trying to tell the Birling's that this was only one Eva Smith that you have killed but you cannot kill all of them. Throughout the play, the inspector likes to antagonise Mr Birling this is because he is a capitalist. Priestley is a broad socialist he tries to express his views of socialism by making the inspector appear as socialist in the play. Even though he does not explicitly mention this in his speech.
He seems to know and understand an extraordinary amount. He knows every detail of Eva Smiths past and how the Birlings were involved in each stage of her life. He also seems to predict the future as he knew how and when Eva was going to die. In the play, he appears in the Birling household and explains Eva’s death. The Inspector could be presented using two theories.
This is illustrated when Mr Birling says, “Now look here, Inspector –”and the Inspector cuts him off with, “He must wait his turn.” The Inspector undermines Mr Birling’s authority over his own family, creating tension between them and fueling their ongoing feud for control. Mr Birling considers himself a well-respected man and he believes that he is too important to be investigated by the police. He feels that he should be treated with a higher degree of respect than other people. However, when the Inspector arrives, his authority and respect that he normally receives has vanished; not even his children listen to him and instead choose to listen to the Inspector. Mr Birling is greatly irritated by the Inspector’s intrusion and as the play progresses, the tension between them
Moreover, the conflict between the Inspector and Birling is magnified through several use of dramatic irony. To exemplify; in the beginning Priestley introduced Birling as a “hard-headed business man”. The alliteration amplifies Birling’s desire for prosperity. Thus, creates a positive impression on the contemporary audience. However, as the play progresses Birling’s continuous lack of credibility impacts the audience negatively.
There is immediate tension between Birling and the Inspector. Birling representing the complacent, arrogant and selfish old world views of 1912 and the Inspector acting as a mouthpiece for priestlys social responsibility and community views, more related to the time the play was written. Birling absolutely cannot see that he has done anything wrong by sacking Eva rather than paying her a living wage. Birling sees Eva as a commodity, a ‘labour
The dramatic masterpiece ‘An Inspector Calls’ is arguably a mouthpiece to express the playwrights political views. Priestley uses many techniques to hyperbolise the older generations selfishness and the younger generations empathy as well as their acceptance of all views. Mr birling states “The Germans don’t want war. Nobody wants war” Priestly uses dramatic irony to portray Mr birling as delusional as we know there are 2 world wars after this play was set. Alternatively, this could mean that Mr birling is trying to reassure himself for the inevitable that is coming and hopefully thinking by saying this over and over will make the war not occur.
In Act 2, Elizabeth accused of witch doing. Her husband Proctor was fury and anxious to clear off her names, thus he acted unwisely. “Suddenly snatching the warrant out of Cheever’s hands ripping the warrant.” (Miller 82). Even though Proctor had fought for his wife, but his voice was meaningless from curt authority, thus Elizabeth stated, “I will fear nothing. Tell the children I have gone to visit someone sick” (Miller 83) and left.
Effie may come out to be the good girl here but she can leave Sam alone to do whatever he wants. If he loved Iva, she shouldn’t have intervene and make a big deal about him kissing the widow. Additionally, Iva kissed Sam, asked him to come over the day after Miles was dead, stalked him, called the police and attempted to frame him for the murder when she noticed that Sam didn’t want her. Brigid O’Shaughnessy is the biggest manipulative, selfish, and emotionally-driven prostitute. She made Sam believe that she was innocent and that she was in danger, she doesn’t want to go to jail for the murder of Miles, and she asked Sam if she can buy him with her
Paragraph 3 Another difference can be seen In Steinbeck’s work the woman suspects her mother may have destroyed the letter that may have introduced her to the cinema but this is nothing to the appalling way Eva/Daisy is treated by the Birling women. Paragraph 4 On the other hand what is comparable is that Curly 's wife, despite the suspicions mentioned in the previous paragraph has been let down by the man who promised her a film part and that dream has been crushed. On top of this she now married to an unpleasant violent man. Eva/Daisy who is the centre of the investigation has also been treated shocking by men. Mr Birling fires her just for asking for better pay and in her time of need she is seduced firstly by Gerald and then by Eric.