English Lit - 'An Inspector Calls' (Characters/Quotes (Mr Birling,…
English Lit - 'An Inspector Calls'
"Arthur Birling is a heavy looking,
rather portentous man" -Stage Directions
"Fiddlesticks! The Germans don’t want war. Nobody wants war."
Play set: 1912
Play written: 1945
"hard-headed business man"
"The Titanic... unsinkable,
Repetion enhances effect
"man has to mind his own business
and look after himself"
"a time when Crofts and Birlings are no
longer competing but are working together –
for lower costs and higher prices"
Sees engagement as
"But these girls aren’t cheap labour – they’re people."
“A chain of events”
Connotations to prison,
physically linked together
"It’s better to ask for the Earth than to take it"
“Public men, Mr Birling, have
responsibilities as well as privileges”
"One Eva Smith has gone- but there are
millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths
and John Smiths still left with us"
" We don’t live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other."
Socialism (Priestley's message)
"if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be
taught it in fire and blood and anguish."
"fire and blood and anguish"
Triplet - Religous imagery of hell