Theme: Gender Differences & Sexism
In the play, all the women are portrayed as delicate characters- particularly Sheila who the men protect from many things including that Eva Smith committed suicide. Set in 1912, the woman in the play were seen as possessions to their husband and did not work or have careers due to the patriarchal society. Mrs Birling was also protected from outside affairs, such as the knowledge that many upper class men attended prostitute bars (the ‘stalls bar’) and that her son drank excessively. These leads to conflict within the family.
JB Priestley’s message/intended effect on the audience
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