Presentation on theme: "Themes Social responsibility Social class Personal responsibility"— Presentation transcript:
1 Themes Social responsibility Social class Personal responsibility Generation gap1An Inspector Calls - In Context (Part 1 of 2) - YouTube
2 Can I explore how Priestley uses Birling to present the themes of social responsibility?Key wordsSocial statusClassSocial responsibilityMarginalisationCapitalistStarter: p75-76Look carefully, at the description of of the Birlings and their house. What does it reveal about his:* background* personalityinterestsclassCan you identify any Capitalist values?B grade - I can explain how Priestley uses language – description & dialogue – to present ……..through Mr BirlingC grade - I can identify how Priestley has used language to present Mr Birling as a symbol of …….
3 I can’t accept any responsibility. LO: Can I explore how Priestley uses Mr Birling to present the theme of social responsibility?I can’t accept any responsibility.AppearancePersonalityThings he saysPriestley carefully chooses the words his characters say?WHY?Things he doesPersonal and political valuesOther themes he represents in the novel
4 - and unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable Priestley presents Mr Birling as a foolish man, with no real understanding of the world around him and how it is changing. He is blind to the realities of the world and thinks he knows best. ‘The Germans don’t want war’. Priestley portrays him as a pompous, arrogant man whose main concern is with the profits of his company and his social standing. Priestley is trying to show the audience that Mr Birling has no social understanding or awareness. The audience begins to respond to Mr Birling negatively as they begin to see how ignorant he really is and how shallow his values are.
5 How does Priestley use Mr Birling to present the theme of social responsibility? GRADE B question GRADE C questionPoint: what is the point Priestley is making about social responsibility in 1912 Britain through this quote of Mr Birling ?____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Evidence: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________“Explain: How do the words in the quotehelp the audience understand Mr Birling’s attitude to social responsibility and thus Priestley’s message?_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Point: what is the point Priestley is making about Mr Birling this quote?____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Evidence:_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________“Explain: How does Priestley present the theme of social responsibility through the character of Mr Birling?_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
6 What is the point Priestley is making about Mr Birling’s personality and values from these quotes? Explanation‘there’s a fair chance I mightfind my way into the nextHonour’s List’ 8‘ when Crofts and Birlingsare no longer competing’ 4‘I was an alderman for yearsand Lord Mayor for two years’‘There’ll be peace and prosperityand rapid progress everywhere’ 7‘lower cost and higher prices, 4‘community and all that nonsense’ 10‘ a man has to mind his ownbusiness and look after himself andhis own’ 10‘I was quite justified’ 17‘Still, I can’t accept any responsibility’ 14
7 What must I do to achieve my target? You must support your views with close reference to context and Priestley’s ideas:How has Priestley presented Mr Birling in Act 1?A grade- I can explore in detail how Priestley presents Mr Birling, exploring key quotes and the impact Priestley wants him to have on the audience.B grade – I can explain how Priestley presents Mr Birling, explaining key quotes and the impact Priestley wants him to have on the audienceC Grade: I can comment on the Mr Birling’s character and what the audience think of him. I can find some quotes to support my views.