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Compare and Contrast the Presentation of the Two Generations Present in ‘an Inspector Calls’ Essay

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The play, written by J.B. Priestly, is set before World War 1, in 1912. This period was drastically different to the one in which it was written, 1946, where the class distinctions and the social status had been greatly reduced. The different characters in 'An Inspector Calls' fall within different generation categories. The young being Eric ad Sheila, the old being Arthur and Sybil and then Gerald who seems to lie in between the two generations. All five of these characters have differing reactions to the inspector's presence and their views on Eva Smith/Daisy Renton change throughout the play and this mainly because of their generations and views on society. Priestly has used the character of Mr and Mrs Birling to symbolise the views of a capitalist which is contrasted to their children of the younger generation. Eric and Sheila Birling symbolise the views of a socialist; they tend to support the underprivileged and work towards creating a fair society where everybody has rights.
The older generation can be exemplified through Mrs Birling, Mr Birling and Gerald. At the beginning of the play, Priestly makes it clear to the audience that Mr Birling is of high status – the authority of the family is unquestioned and they seem to always be in control. Arthur is aware of people who are his social superiors, which is why at the very beginning of the play he shows off about the port to Gerald, "it's exactly the same port your father gets." He is proud that he is likely to be knighted, as that would move him even higher in social circles. When giving his speech at the engagement dinner which he organised, he seems to talk more about the benefits of Gerald Croft coming into their family name and their business rather than the sheer happiness of the actual engagement. He also comes across as quite pompous when he says himself that he speaks ‘as a hard-headed business man’ when giving advice. He claims the party "is one of the happiest nights of my life." We see, however,...

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