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Question: Explore the ways in which bullies and victims are presented in Of Mice and Men and An Inspector Calls.

Answer: Mr Birling is the first person to bully Eva Smith. He sacked her from her job because she started a strike asking for a raise. He takes advantage of his position in power whether moral or immoral. He didn’t give Eva a raise because he believed it would be easier to employ another person who would be willing to work for a lower wage, as he revealed to the inspector, “we were paying the usual rates and if they didn’t like those rates, they could go and work somewhere else. It’s a free country, I told them.” Mr Birling was paying the usual rates and would not accept to pay any more than the standard at the time. He sacked Eva from her job after discovering that she was one of the ringleaders ‘who started the trouble’ with the strikes for higher wages.

Mr Birling is quite high up the social hierarchy so he uses his power as a means to control those beneath him. He is extrem...(short extract)

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  • Subject: English Literature
  • Course: English Literature
  • Level: A-Level
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1646
  • Date submitted: February 11, 2020
  • Date written: Not available
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  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 8790

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