Mr Birling Power Analysis

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At this moment of the play, Mr Birling is strikingly portrayed as an authoritive figure but slowly reveals that Mr Birling is arrogant. Priestly highlights Mr Birling’s authority with the difference of ratio lines. Mr Birling has speeches while others have one or two lines. This conveys that Mr Birling is the one in charge and holds majority of the power. Priestly has purposely done this to indicate the amount of power Birling holds to make the audience realise Mr Birling’s power. Another way the play demonstrates Birling having authority is when Sheila says “I’m sorry, Daddy.” This highlights that Birling has power by Sheila showing respect. This also makes the audience realise that his children respect him too, which highlight more power. Birling also interrupts others numerous times revealing how arrogant he is which makes the audience question Mr Birling’s authority. Not only that, but Birling uses the term “I” very often. This evokes the feeling that he is very self-centred. Birling says “I’m delighted”, “I hope”, “I want to say” and “I speak as a hard-headed business man”. This reinforces how arrogant Birling is, by him expressing…show more content…
Firstly, Sheila does not pay attention to her father because she was too busy “admiring her ring” which highlights that Sheila is forced to show respect. Secondly, within this part of the play Gerald has only one line and that is “I believe you’re right, sir” conveying that he is only trying to be polite and truly does not mean it. Thirdly, Eric tries to challenge his father by questioning Birling – “what about war?”, which evokes the feeling that Eric does not respect his father. Finally, after Mr Birling has a huge speech, Mrs Birling rises and “the others rise”. This makes the audience realise that Mrs Birling truly has all the power which makes the audience pity Birling, he cannot be an authoritive figure because of how childish and conceited he
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