How are Women Treated Throughout the book: An Inspector Calls?
There are many different factor about how women are treated, at the time. The script is set in 1912, a Victorian styled setting, based around an upper class. In this essay, I will analyse the different women characteristics/personalities and conclude how they are treated.
Sybil Birling is an unsympathetic woman with some public influence, sitting on charity organisations and having been married two years ago to the Lord Mayor, Arthur Birling. Sybil is mother of Sheila and Eric Birling. Priestley describes her as a "about fifty, a rather cold woman,” ‘Sheila! What an expression! Really, the things you girls pick up these days!’ and her husband's "social superior."
She is described as a rather cold woman and is her husbands social superior. She is an icily impressive woman, ‘It’s disgusting to me.’, the only one of all the Birlings to almost resist The Inspector's attempts to make her realise her responsibilities. She has a lack of understanding of how other people live and thinks that all classes behave in a certain way, this is shown in her snobbish comment "a girl of that sort" and in her unwillingness to believe that the a lower class girl would refuse to take stolen money or marry a foolish young man responsible for her pregnancy.
Mrs Birling is a very naive character. She doesn't think there is any problem in her family at all and all problems exist outside, only seeing what she wants to see. ‘You know of course that my husband was lord Mayor only two years ago and that he’s still a magistrate.’ '(with dignity) Yes. We’ve done a great deal of useful work in helping deserving cases.' She is quite prepared to put the blame onto the father of the child because she doesn't know the father is her own son. It is only when Mrs Birling realises that her son, Eric, was the father of Eva Smith's child and her actions have resulted in the death of her own...
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