Inspector Calls Characters

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    • Sybil Birling
      • Matriarch of the Birling family
      • Described as "cold"
      • Is pleased with her daughters engagement but ignores any potential discord in the family
      • Serves on a charitable committee in the town
      • Protects what she perceives to be the families good image
      • Busies herself with events
    • Arthur Birling
      • Hosting a dinner at which Gerald Croft and his daughter Sheila are guests of honour
      • His business success allows his Family to live upper-middle-class lives.
      • Owns a profitable manufacturing company
      • "rather portentous" man "in his fifties"
      • Patriarch of the Birling Family
    • Sheila Birling
      • Daughter or Arthur and Sybil
      • "in her early twenties"
      • Engaged to Gerald Croft
      • Believes her future lies bright before her
      • Eva/Daisy's death devastates Sheila
    • Eric Birling
      • Son of Arthur and Sybil and older brother of Sheila
      • Works part-time at the family business
      • Has a drinking problem that he hides
      • It is revealed that he had a romantic relationship with a woman
        • Resulting in a child born out of wedlock
    • Gerald Croft
      • Fiancé to Sheila
      • Son of another prominent manufacturing family
      • From a more socially-elevated family
      • Arthur worries that Gerald's parents believe he is making a "poor match" in marrying Sheila
      • Had an affair with Daisy
      • The Inspector notes that he is perhaps the least culpable and most morally upright of all characters
    • Inspector Goole
      • Represents, apparently, the local police force sent to investigate Eva Smith/Daisy Renton's suicide
      • Seems he knows the answer to everything he asks
      • Wants the family to admit to various instances of wrongdoing
    • Edna
      • The Birling's' maid
      • Mostly sets the scenes in which the family eats and talks
      • Makes money by virtue of her labor
      • Leaves the room at the end of the play without mention of her absence or whereabouts
    • Eva Smith/Daisy Renton
      • The victim in the play and most mysterious character
      • Was an employee of Arthur but was dismissed after she asked for a raise
      • Her photo is shown to each character one by one
  • Arthur Birling
    • Hosting a dinner at which Gerald Croft and his daughter Sheila are guests of honour
    • His business success allows his Family to live upper-middle-class lives.
    • Owns a profitable manufacturing company
    • "rather portentous" man "in his fifties"
    • Patriarch of the Birling Family

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