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Mr Birling

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Tom Guy

on 22 November 2016

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Transcript of Mr Birling

During the play Mr Birling is continually portrayed as a selfish and 'money driven' businessman described as a - "hard-headed practical man of business,"
His relationship with his affairs and wealth lead us to believe he is driven by profit
Mr Birling clearly believes that every man should work for his own benefit
His ideas clash with the Inspectors as he adopts the opposite belief of socialism
Capitalism vs. Socialism
Mr Birling & Inspector Goole
His views
Arthur Birling
The Inspector adopts the controversial idea of socialism
He regularly challenges Mr Birlings beliefs on capitalism and social responsibility
He is throughout the book J.B Priestly's mouthpiece and way of connecting to the reader - his ellaborate ideas are conveyed through this character
J.B Priestly had written this book after WWII and would have studied extreme socialist states beyond the iron curtain and their effect on population
He believes that everybody has a responsibility
Class responsibility
The inspector is there to help him change
Proud man
Would do anything to gain a higher social standing
Ignores those who helped him get where he is
Financially orientated
Too selfish to learn the meaning of the play
"heavy-looking, rather portentous man in his middle fifties but rather provincial in his speech."
"A man has to make his own way - has to look after himself"
An economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit.
A theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
"a man has to make his own way - has to look after himself"

Mr Birling's outlook on life is very selfish and business orientated
He tries to maximise profit and cut cost
He feels that he is not responsible for anyone apart from himself
"She'd had a lot to say - far too much - so she had to go"
He is putting his profits above people
He wants to make an example of her but forgot to consider the personal impact
He treated as a number and not a person
"Still I can't accept and responsibility"
He can not accept this responsibility as he feels he should only look after himself
His capitalist outlook means that he prioritise money and business over social responsibility
He doesn't feel he has done anything wrong
A historical background
Socialism has existed in many forms since antiquity
Socialist revolutions have appeared across the globe - mostly in times of depression to try and adjust the current society
The Bolshevik revolution started in 1917
This socialist revolution led to the creation of the USSR
Joseph Stalin would aid the allies in WW2 yet be accountable for the brutal murder of millions
The Class system in Britain had made its place in society - for centuries a system of discrimination, poverty and low pay trapped people in to a solitary life.
Since the dispossesion of estates from nobility and lords during medieval revolutions and eras such as that of the English Civil war a class system has existed specifying a state of social superiority against others.
A system of social inequality seems impossible for us today - yet it was only 80 years ago that it hammered the lives of many - and in some ways still today.
A change to social class during the first and second world war in which immigrations fluxed and the nationalities and social backgrounds of those entering the country varied.
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