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How does Priestley distinguish the different levels of status amongst the characters...

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chilannan | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 23, 2013 at 3:12 AM via web

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How does Priestley distinguish the different levels of status amongst the characters and what ideas are conveyed through these distinctions in An Inspector Calls?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 23, 2013 at 10:55 PM (Answer #1)

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The most obvious technique employed by Priestley to designate and distinguish social status is through the characters' actions. For example the opening scene shows the characters with upper class social status seated around the dinning table, sumptuously dressed while the maid works laying out port wine and cigars for the men to enjoy when the ladies leave to adjourn to the parlour. This most notably conveys the idea of the otherness of classes in society and of the class that is not men: the maid versus the diners and the women versus the men.

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