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An Inspector Calls Act 1- Key Quotes
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"A pretty girl in her early twenties- very pleased with life and rather excited."
"Pretty" displays a typical young woman of a higher class during 1912- simple description. "Very pleased with life and rather excited"= classic higher class woman of 1912.
"A rather cold woman...her husband's social superior."
Mr Birling only married to Mrs Birling for her higher status as she is "a cold woman".
"Half shy, half assertive."
Eric is a mysterious character- isn't described with one single strong characteristic. Not a classic young gentleman of 1912.
"A well-bred man about town."
Classic young man of 1912. Gerald is handsome and prosperous.
"EDNA, the parlourmaid, is just clearing the table, which has no cloth, of the dessert plates and champagne glasses,etc, and then replacing them with decanter of port, cigar box and cigarettes."
Edna is the only working influence in the play. JB Priestley includes Edna to show how the working class would work in the background but were often payed no attention to.
"// Edna goes out. They now have all the glasses filled."
Shows how they give no credit to Edna- glasses are filled as if by magic.
"Men with important work to do sometimes have to spend nearly all their time and energy on their business. You'll have to get used to that, just as I had."- Mrs Birling
Shows how higher class woman have to just get on with it whilst the men go out to work and do what they want to.
"You're just the kind of son-in-law I always wanted. Your father and I have been friendly rivals in business for some time now"
Mr Birling only wants them to be married because of the economic benefits for him.
"Look - mummy - isn't it a beauty?"
Shows Sheila's limited independence as she still says "mummy". Cares about materialistic things like a typical young 1912 woman.
"Nobody wants war"
Shows how Mr Birling is ignorant as two world wars have ended one this play is written.
"The Titanic... absolutely unsinkable"
Again, shows ignorance and how he is completely oblivious.
"You seem to be a nice well-behaved family"
Dramatic irony as it soon comes out that t's a completely different situation.
"a man has to make his own way - has to look after himself"
Shows how Mr Birling and higher class men and women of 1912 don't look out for others but only themselves.
"creates at once an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness"
Shows how the Inspector is a key character in the play as soon as he enters and overpowers all other characters.
"obviously it has nothing whatever to do with the wretched girl's suicide."
Doesn't care about the girl, completely disregards immediately that it was his fault.
" I can't accept any responsibility."
Disregards any chance that he has any involvement.
"If you don't come down sharply on some of these people, they'd soon be asking for the earth."
Doesn't treat his employees with respect. Treats them as completely different type of people ("these people").
"It's about time you learnt to face a few responsibilities." (Mr Birling to Eric)
Dramatic irony- Eric is about to face many responsibilities.
"But these girls aren't cheap labour - they're people"
Shows how Sheila begins to break away from upper class mindsets and thinks for herself.
"It was an idea of my own"
Shows how it was out of the ordinary for upper class young women to think for themselves and uphold their own opinions.
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