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Every beginning whether of a play or a book has to have a very captivating and attention-grabbing opening scene This is so that the reader can continue watching the play or reading the book without getting bored The playwrights first job is to make sure that the start is good enough to captivate the audiences attention JB Priestley does this by letting an air of mystery surround the audience as to why the Birlings are having a party for a special occasion The mood is very joyful because Arthur Birling who is usually described as a hard-headed businessman is most relaxed and laid back Yet as he begins to make the toast it shows how much of a money minded man he is This is because even the slightest thing to him including his daughters marriage is a business deal He completely fails to see it as a matter of love and this can be supported by Youre just the kind of son-in-law Ive always wantedand now youve brought us together- us being Geralds fathers company and Birlings company The matter is strictly business to Birling and nothing to do with his daughters happiness This gives a clear view on how his character will react to Inspector Goole and the death of Eva Smith further on in the play JB Priestley has created Birling to depict his own views on certain things such as social conscience He deliberately makes Arthur Birling to reflect his personal views on life that he doesnt agree with When Birling mentions Your father and I are friendly rivals in businessand now youve brought us together pg 4 in his speech it automatically allows the audience to link this with the stage direction of Birling being hard-headed and as if his world revolves only around his work and his business Birling thinks that a man should always take care of himself which JB Priestley decides to contradict through
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