Compare the philosophies towards life of Birling and the inspector. Which is shown to be the better. Describe the way in which the inspector builds his case.
Birlings philosophy is clearly the one that is wrong and I will prove this further into the essay. He believes in looking after number one and \'who cares\' about the rest of them. The Inspector makes it clear that he is the one that is correct because he believes that everyone needs everybody else\'s help to get on well with our lives. The inspector\'s philosophy will also be covered in more detail further into the essay.


Birlings philosophy is not the most important part here but his wrong judgements are. In this massive statement, ironically, all of Birlings judgements of the future are entirely wrong just like his philosophy towards life. Baring in mind that this play is set in the 1900\'s, before the Russian revolution, General Strike and the depression period, these major conflicts in time are not even mentioned in his speech of the future.


Birling firstly expresses his feeling towards war by using his expert business knowledge:


\'…I\'m talking as a hard-headed, Practical man of business. And I say there isn\'t a chance of war. The world\'s developing so fast it\'ll make war impossible.\'


This part of his statement on his ideas of the future is influential of no war. He states, clearly, that there is not going to be anymore war, but in fact, as we know, there is going to be a war after this period, in fact quite soon after this period, in 1917 the Russian revolution will begin. This simple, small speech helps me prove Birling\'s bad judgement of the future; this bad judgement of the future makes his philosophy look unlikely to be correct.


Birling carries on to prove even more his lack of good judgement and knowledge of the future:


\'…New liner…The Titanic - she sails next week - forty-six thousand eight hundred tonnes - New York in five days - every luxury - and unsinkable, Absolutely Unsinkable.\'


This may be his worst judgement, one of \'The Titanic\'. As we know \'The Titanic\' never will reach it\'s destination the week after \'next week\', this proves further his lack of good and proper judgement, in fact, again ironically, \'The Titanic\' sinks. After Birlings extremely convincing brief statement on \'The Titanic\' he says how it is \'Absolutely Unsinkable\'; he is not really doing himself proud yet and is so far entirely wrong in every sense.


Following the above he begins again talking about war and sure enough his judgement is shown to have multiple flaws:


\'Let\'s say, in 1940 - you may be giving a little party like this - your son or daughter might be getting engaged…by that time you\'ll be living in a world that\'ll have forgotten all these silly little war scares. There\'ll be peace…except of course Russia.\'


Here Birling shows up his already destroyed judgement and uses the exact date, \'1940\', the beginning of world war 2. As we know \'1940\' was far from peaceful and so, Birlings poor judgement shows that he is not very good at judging anything, thus making us consider him being the incorrect one out of the inspector and him.


In the last three quotes I have proven substantially that Birlings judgement of things is poor, this helps me to prove his philosophy to be wrong in comparison to the inspectors because his judgements have a direct reflection on his philosophy. The most important question to be asked is that if someone is that untrustworthy with their judgements then are there philosophies towards life to be taken seriously.


The Inspectors philosophy is proven to be the better below because it helps explain how the women ended to kill herself. The Inspector shows that if Birling and the rest of the family abided by his philosophy then this would not have happened.


Here the Inspector tries to change the family by telling them that if they do not change then more harm will be done to people below them:


\'One Eva Smith is gone - but there are millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering