How Does J.B Priestly Convey His Social Message Through The Birlings?

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How does J.B Priestly convey his social message through the Birlings?

An inspector calls is a play written by J.B Priestly to convey his social message to all that see the play or read it. The play is based on a family the Birling family in Edwardian England they are having a celebration dinner party to celebrate the engagement of Shelia Birling and Gerald Croft, Shelia is the daughter of Arthur and his wife Sybil Birling, Shelia’s brother is Eric Birling who is a young chap that enjoys drinking. Later that evening after they are all “pleased with themselves” they get a visit from an inspector who reveals that they killed a young innocent woman named Eva Smith not physically but socially ...view middle of the document...

This also shows the seriousness of the situation as the lighting gets harder. From this particular lighting we realise something isn’t right as the theme suddenly changes from the partying happy mood, to a very serious and plain mood.

J.B Priestly makes us see what kind of a family the Birlings really are and especially what kind of a man Mr. Birling is he shows us that he is an arrogant man that only cares about his family and himself “a man has to make his own way has to look after himself and his family to” by saying a man has to make his own way it seems as if he is implying that a man should only be aware of his own actions not have any business with other people only aware of himself and his family little does he know that he will soon find out he is completely wrong, he demonstrates this through his speech this makes the audience see that Mr. Birling isn’t a nice caring person but a very selfish and foolish man the inspector uncovers his foolishness throughout the play this is one man Mr. Birling cant slip past.

Not every member of the Birling family is self-absorbed and rude Priestly shows that the younger generation show more care and courtesy for the community and others around us, he shows this through two characters in the play Shelia and Eric Birling. Shelia’s mind opens up to the inspector and she sees what the inspector is trying to get through to the Birling family unlike her father and mother she later shows more concern for Eva Smith “and if you cant tell the truth why should the inspector apologize? And cant you see both of you your making it worse” this shows Shelia’s got more sense then her foolish parents through this line you can tell Mr. and Mrs. Birling are trying to put the blame on someone else or trying to get rid of the inspector as soon as possible. Eric also shows concern after the inspector reveals that Eva Smith had gotten pregnant with Eric’s child after when Eric found out his mother refused her help he was very angered and he didn’t care what his father or mother was telling him Mr. Birling was only concern with the money he stole to help out Eva Smith “I don’t give a damn whether I stay here or not” when Eric says damn it shows he is very angered with his parents for what they did to her.

The inspector, throughout the play, tries to get his message through to the Birlings as well as finding out what they did to Eva Smith. Mr and Mrs. Birling do not seem to be bothered about this...

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