An Inspector Calls

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An Inspector Calls – Differences And Comparisons Of Arthur B. And Sheila B. Essay, Research Paper ?An Inspector Calls? by JB Priestly Differences & Comparisons between Mr B. and Sheila Arthur Burling is the main man in the Burling family, and seems to control it, i.e. whatever he says – goes! The play is set in an imaginary town called Brumley, somewhere in the North of England. Mr. Burling has a selfish attitude towards life, and also an attitude to only care for himself and family, and basically forget everybody else, in fact, this is exactly what he tells a speech on at the celebration of Sheila?s and Gerald?s engagement, ?… a man has to look after himself – and his family too, of course…? which gives the impression of the selfishness, and also greed. Another

example of this is when he tells a speech about how it is the best day of his life, ?Gerald, I?m going to tell you frankly, without any pretenses, that your engagement with Sheila means a lot to me. She?ll make you happy, and I?m sure you?ll make her happy. Your just the type of son-in-law I wanted…? makes people think whether he wants them to get married for themselves, or for him, and whether it means a lot to him sentimentally, or a lot to him in the business world. Burling?s first priority is to make money, ?It?s my duty to keep labour cost down? and is also a social climber, and Sheila is engaged to the son of his ?friendly? rival, which is why it could mean a lot to him in the business world because Gerald?s father is in a higher class than the Burling family. We can see

that he is a man that tries to ?make everything better? by using his money, ?Look inspector, I?d give thousands…?. I think this may be a ?domineering? attitude, because he wants to dominate people, and do all he can to do it, which reflects on how he treats his employee?s. In his factory, there is certain employees which ask for a pay rise, but Burling refuses to pay more than ?the going rate?. Burling can afford the pay rise, but returns by sacking one member of the ?strike? pack, Eva/Daisy Smith. After this, Burling was blamed for starting the ?domino? effect of Eva/Daisy?s suicide, but refuses to accept the blame. Appearance plays a big part of Burling as well. How he looks is very important to him indeed in the respect that he always has to look ?posh? and always dresses

cleanly and smart. I think he does this not because he always want to be clean and smart, but to keep a good reputation with other high class people, and not to make them think that he is any lower than themselves. When the inspector asks questions to/about his family, he tries to protect his reputation by acting the innocent to the questions, even though we know, that he knows the answers to the questions, but wont tell them, to protect his reputation (hard to explain!!). Burling cannot see the consequences of neither his, nor his family?s actions. We know this because Burling makes comments which seem ridiculous to us now, in the ?90?s and the year 2000. Things like the Titanic being unsinkable and that European nor World war would never happen. According to Burling, war will

never happen because in his eyes, it would affect business, but Burling does not stop to think that people may care more about things other than business, which is why he cannot see the consequences of his own actions and is also another example of the selfishness within him. Burling hates stealing. When Eric (Burling?s son) steals ?50 from Burliness office, he cares about nothing more than that he stole from him, and the amount he stole (because ?50 was quite a bit of money in 1912), and Burling wasn?t really concerned why Eric stole the money. Burling then exclaims, ?You dammed fool – why didn?t you come to me when you found yourself in this mess??. Eric?s reply indicates that Mr. Burling was never close to his son, ?Because you?re not the kind of chap a man could turn to