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Love within An Inspector Calls

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Thomas Scrivener

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Transcript of Love within An Inspector Calls

Love within An Inspector Calls
Mr and Mrs Birling
Sheila and Gerald
By Tom,Harrison,Yinka,Braden and Nathaniel
Sheila-Materialistic "Oh Gerald-you've got it-isn't it a beauty"
Sheila only married Gerald for money, and not for love-"kisses Gerald hastily"
Gerald and Daisy Renton
Passionate love is shown between Gerald and Daisy Renton ‘she was very pretty- soft brown hair and big dark eyes’ pg 35.
Eric and Eva Smith
-Eric Uses Eva-"just used her at the end of a drunken evening"
"As if she were a thing"-The Inspector’s anger at Eric shows again Priestley’s disapproval of capitalism and reinforces his beliefs in socialism.
-Show Fondness (refer to eachother as "Dear") but lack passion and affection
Mr Birling-loves himself
Opiteme of Selfish-proud of himself
"...and his family" adds family as an afterthought
The theme of love is not prominent an an obvious way
Gerald seems to love genuinely love Sheila (as he proposes despite the fact she is socially inferior.) “you might have done better for yourself socially.” However, we later discover that he had an affair the previous summer. Priestely wants the reader to change their opinions of characters - to show that people are not what they same.
All the characters are at first too selfish to show true affection
If anything, the younger generation exspose their emotions more than the older generation.
The relationship between Mr and Mrs Birling
Conforms to the expectations of men in that era - polite and unemotional
Mr.Birling attempts to be dutiful "take your mother to the drawing room - but comes across as slightly patronizing
The couple has influenced Sheilas perception of a genuine relationship-as she has clearly settled for someone she does not particularly love.

It is evident that Priestly wanted to change the audience of the time's attutude to love and in particular, society love.
One of the roles of the inspector is to explain the consequences of artificial affection (e.g affairs) and to teach that everybody should look out for eachother display unity and collaberation.
The inspector echoes Priestleys strong opinions
The inspector takes pity on Gerald for his relationship with Daisy Renton- this shows Priestley’s approval of different classes of society mixing.
'at least he had some affection for her’ pg 56.
He influences some of the characters attitudes to love at the end of the play by making them feel guilty.

Social Class and age's effects on love

P1: The younger generations relationships
P2:The Older generations relationships and comparison
P3:Love between the classes
P4:Language analysis and effects

The following slides give Information on all major relationships within the play for use in the essay.

Mr Birling’s remark about the engagement of his daughter bringing the two family firms into a closer working relationship gives us an indication of his attitude towards love and marriage. He sees marriage as a convenient way of progressing up the social and economic ladder. This makes us wonder whether love played any real part in his marriage to the socially superior Sybil Birling and whether her coldness to others, including her own children, does not have its roots in a loveless marriage.

The play presents a variety of thoughts about love, the nature of love and different people’s interpretation of love. Sheila and Gerald appear to be in love, and their engagement seems to bring them happiness as they contemplate their future together. After each of them has confessed to their shameful behaviour towards Eva Smith/Daisy Renton, Sheila realises that they do not really know each other well and that trust is an essential ingredient in a loving relationship. We are left wondering if their love will survive these events.
Both Gerald and Eric have been involved with the girl, yet each of them denies that they loved her – their relationships were prompted by physical attraction. The girl took up with Eric out of necessity, but she does, however, seem to have felt a genuine love for Gerald. Gerald’s ending of the affair may be seen as being insensitive in view of her love for him.
The Inspector preaches a form of love, a sort of true ‘charity’ which is a deep care for our fellow human beings. This is quite alien to Mrs Birling who is prepared to devote time to ‘charity’ while having no real care for others.
Some other comments to make:
This table looks at the way the Birlings saw lower-class Eva when they came into contact with her, and the way that they see themselves within their own class. This does affect the relationships they have with each other particularly with Eva.


Attitudes to the lower class:

Attitudes to the upper class:

At the start of the play, this character was...
To this character, Eva was...
Mr Birling keen to be knighted to cement his hard-fought rise to the upper class,
cheap labour

Sheila happy spending a lot of time in expensive shops ,
someone who could be fired out of spite
Gerald prepared to marry Sheila despite her lower social position ,
a mistress who could be discarded at will
Eric awkward about his 'public-school-and-Varsity' life ,
easy sex at the end of a drunken night out
Mrs Birling socially superior to her husband,
a presumptuous upstart

How does Priestly use the concept of love to highlight his theme of social issues?
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