Arthur Birling

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    • "Heavy-looking, rather portentous man in his middle fifties but rather provincial in his speech"
    • Used to show how the upper class frowned upon people below them
    • Used to show evil side of money and capitalism
      • Priestley's dislike of Capitalism due to lack of care in society for the poor
    • Worked his way up the social ladder and is proud of his achievements
    • Character demonstrates dramatic irony
      • He is wrong about the war and the "Unsinkable" Titanic
      • Shows that his views can't be trusted so the audience dismiss all that he says
    • "A man has to mind his own business"
      • Not a quidnunc (a person who interferes in others affairs)
      • Has no effect on anyone's lives - so he believes
      • No sense of social responsibilty
    • Naive to the fact that he could have anything to do with Eva's death
    • "The famous younger generation who know it all"
      • Considers himself to be superior
      • At the end, he acts like a child and immature as he fails to learn the lesson
        • Will be "taught" the lesson "in fire, blood and anguish"
          • Missed his chance so will learn in hell - his punishment

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