mr birling

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  • ARTHUR BIRLING
    • "heavy-looking"
      • rather portentous man
      • in his middle fifties
      • rather provincial in his speech
    • worked his way up in the world
      • proud of his achievements
        • boasts about having been 'Mayor'
        • tries (fails) to impress the inspector with his local standing and his influential friends
    • aware of people who are his social superiors
      • shows off to Gerald about the port
        • proud that he is likely to be knighted
          • move him higher in social circles
    • optimistic for the future
      • confident that there won't be a war
    • extremely selfish
      • wants to protect himself and his family
        • he wants to protect Birling and Co
          • employed  Eva smith
            • fired her - ring leader of strike
        • wants to protect his reputation
          • self-made man
      • arrogant / smug
        • doesn't accept responsibility for actions
    • head of Birling household
      • wants to protect himself and his family
        • he wants to protect Birling and Co
          • employed  Eva smith
            • fired her - ring leader of strike
        • wants to protect his reputation
          • self-made man

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