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  • Age
    • Elders have more power
      • Do not feel guilty or take responsibility of their actions towards Eva
        • Unable to admit what they did wrong
      • Happy when it's a hoax
        • Don't learn from what the inspector tells them
        • Worried what the press will think
          • Worried how it will affect Mr Birling's chance of getting a knighthood
      • Look foolish at the end of the play when it is not a hoax
      • "I'm talking to the inspector now if you don't mind"
        • "Don't talk to me like that"
      • Oblivious to what is actually happening
        • "You're not that type. You don't get drunk"
    • Younger more impressionable
      • By the inspector
        • "we often do on the younger ones. They're more impressionable"
      • Feel guilt and take responsability
        • "The girls dead and we all helped kill her"
      • Learn from what the inspector tells them
        • Is scared after he leaves.
          • Of "Fire, blood and anguish"
        • Represents hope for the future
      • Mainly Sheila and Eric
        • More perspective of what actually is going on
    • Gerald is in the middle
      • Not as old as the parents but older than Eric and Sheila
        • Eventually sides with the older generation
      • Takes responsibility for what he did eventually
      • Only one to actually care for Eva/Daisy
      • Works out that the inspector isn't real
        • Suggests that he worries about how he is viewed by other
          • Due to his aristocrat lifestyle
        • Relieved that it is a hoax
          • Asks Sheila to take back the ring like nothing happened
        • Happily rings the inferimatry


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