Explore the Ways Priestly Creates Differences Between Mr Birling and the Inspector Essay
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Priestly presents Mr Birling and the Inspector in two different lights. Mr Birling right from the very start showed no empathy towards Eva smith and doesn't start to either throughout the play. He is more interested in his knighthood and doesn't want to admit he has done wrong. “I can’t accept any responsibility. If we were all responsible for everything that happened to everybody we’d had anything to do with, it would be very awkward” this further emphasises Birlings ignorance and cowardice attitude towards responsibility within society. He doesnt want to expect that he has anything to do with the death of a lower class citizen as he doesn't think they have the same rights and feelings. “i can't” implies he isn't willing to try and understand, he is so narrow minded and stuck in his way that he won't even attempt to understand what he has done is in fact at all wrong. Mr Birling doesn't think about what his actions are doing to others and what they are affecting. This is equally due to his age and the society he is surrounded by. The generation Mr Birling was associated with were very much stuck in their views and didnt to want to change/weren't open to it. The word “awkward” represents the awkwardness Mr Birling feels as he knows what he has done played a part, but he doesn't want to admit that he had a toll affect on a lower classes life. He doesnt want to belittle himself to the level of Eva’s.
Secondly, Priestley makes Birling a selfish, rich upper class symbol of moral corruption. This is continuously emphasised through his over obsession of money and social superiority. without money and status Mr Birling i believe would feel worthless and isolated, as he doesn't have anything else that means more to him. we can recognise this when everything he mentions that should mean something to him for example sheilas engagement is straight away turned back to